The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published a new guide on website accessibility and publishing guidelines.
The guide aims to help local (parish and town) councils ensure their websites meet the needs of all users — especially those with disabilities or impairments that use assistive technology.
The guide explains what website accessibility is, how it affects local councils, the requirements, and compliance. It details what a council must publish under the Transparency Code 2015, the costs of running a website, where to get help, what ongoing checks are needed, and discusses the future of website accessibility. The guide also contains a step-by-step guide and a range of resources.
The guide can also aid those who write and create content for websites and use it as guidance to give to their website designers who may not be aware that local government websites need to comply with the Transparency Code.
Cllr Sue Baxter, NALC chair, said: "One in five people in the UK has a form of long-term illness, impairment or disability. It is critical, NALC continue to produce resources that help England's 10,000 local councils ensure their websites are accessible to everyone in the communities they serve".
The guide was co-written by Aubergine, an award-winning website and design agency and web accessibility experts.