Council websites must be accessible to all by the end of the year

12/02/2020

New regulations came into force for public sector bodies in 2018.  They say local councils make their websites or mobile apps  'perceivable, operable, understandable and robust'.   Many parish and town councils will need to ensure their websites meet the new standards by 23rd September 2020.

The full name of the regulations is the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

The 2018 regulations build on existing obligations to people who have a disability under the Equality Act 2010 (or the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 in Northern Ireland).  These say that all UK service providers must consider 'reasonable adjustments' for disabled people.

The Government has issued checklists to help councils identify which elements of their websites need to be changed.

Link to UK Government checklist for website accessibility.