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Parish Council website accessibility by govLocal UK

On 23rd September 2018 'The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018' came into force. This requires all UK public sector organisations' websites and applications to comply with WCAG (Website Content Accessibility Guidelines) 2.1 AA level standard. The purpose of this is to ensure all users have the same level of access to information, regardless of any disablities.

Public bodies, which must meet the requirements include:

  • Central, regional and local government organisations.
  • Some non-government organisations, including some charities.

All public sector websites and applications published on or after 23rd September 2018 must meet the accessibility requirements.

Public sector websites and applications published before 23rd September 2018 must meet the accessibility requirements by 23rd September 2020.

govLocal specialise in producing accessible Parish Council websites, which comply with the September 2018 accessibility requirements. gocLocal websites are built using an accessible framework, which incorporates features designed to support multiple levels of website accessibility. These include:

  • High contrast colour combinations, improving the reading experience for users with sight-impairment, including partial loss of sight and different forms of colour-blindness.
  • Support for screen readers, allowing blind users to access content with assistive technology web browsers.
  • Keyboard-only website navigation and content access, allowing users who can't use a mouse to access website content effectively.