BACK TO
FRONT PAGE

Vicky is programme director Connected Local Government, a regular host on CLGdotTV programmes and has served public sector IT for more than 25 years

@vickysargent

PODCAST: Council websites will need to raise their game to meet new EU requirements says GDS accessibility chief

SHARE

Image:
© CLGdotTV 2018

Alistair Duggin, Head of Accessibility at the Government Digital Service, explains implications of the new EU Accessibility Directive that will require action by owners of 40,000 public sector websites

People with disabilities need to be able to use websites as easily as people without a disability. This is enshrined in the Equality Act, and website owners can already be prosecuted if they can't.

However, as is explained in this podcast, new EU regulations coming into force on 23 September 2018 will require most public sector websites to do more. First, all websites will have to publish an accessibility statement, and second, they will need to meet EU accessibility standards, meaning, for those that know about these things, WCAG 2.0 to level AA. Public sector websites will be subject to monitoring of their performance in meeting these rerequirements. Recent testing by Socitm's Better Connectedprogramme suggests that most local authority websites do not curently meet WCAG 2.0 to level AA.

Below you can listen to this podcast or download it from our own CLGdotPOD environment or browse our podcast library or set up a subscription with iTunes & Spotify to alert you when new CLGdotPOD podcasts are published. NB Spotify and iTunes do security moderation and may take 24 hours from when we publish to make the podcasts available. 

 

Click here to listen to this podcast

Click here to dowload this podcast (click on the three dots at the right hand end of the player bar)

Click here to browse our podcast library

Click here to get a free subscription through iTunes

Click here to get a free subscription through Spotify

 

 

You can use this link to watch this podcast as a video programme with sub-titles.

We are very grateful to the GDS accessibility team for providing the following links and information:
 
The regulations come into force on 23 September 2018. New public sector websites published after 23 September 2018 need to meet the regulations by 23 September 2019. All other public sector websites need to meet the regulations by 23 September 2020. Public sector mobile applications need to meet the regs by June 2021
 
New accessibility regulations for public sector websites and apps
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/accessibility-requirements-for-public-sector-websites-and-apps
 
Web Accessibility Initiative - support materials to help managers and developers understand and implement accessibility
https://www.w3.org/WAI/
 
Introduction to Web Accessibility
https://www.w3.org/WAI/fundamentals/accessibility-intro/
 
Easy Checks – A First Review of Web Accessibility
https://www.w3.org/WAI/test-evaluate/preliminary/
 
Tips and tutorials for writing, designing, and developing for accessibility
https://www.w3.org/WAI/design-develop/
 
The Service Manual - contains lots of useful information about accessibility
https://www.gov.uk/service-manual
 
Understanding WCAG 2.0
https://www.gov.uk/service-manual/helping-people-to-use-your-service/understanding-wcag-20
 
Testing for accessibility
https://www.gov.uk/service-manual/technology/testing-for-accessibility
 
The GOV.UK Design System
https://design-system.service.gov.uk/
 
Introducing the GOV.UK Design System
https://gds.blog.gov.uk/2018/06/22/introducing-the-gov-uk-design-system/
 
 
-o0o-
This content brought to you free of charge through the generous support of An Audience with CLGdotTV
 
Four times each year we invite around 60 people to join us for a day of making programmes.
On 23 October An Audience with CLGdotTV No3 will focus on social care and health and topics covered will include:
 
integration of health and social care services around place
the HR and skills connundrum at the heart of social care and health integration
the challenges of patient/citizen information sharing and how these can be overcome
the role of population, NHS ‘SUS’ and other data in improving service interventions and outcomes
self-supporting communities – how far will social prescribing and asset based commissioning take us?
the potential of apps and other digitally-enabled products and services in social care
the sustainability of current health and social care systems.
Seats on the panels and in the audience are as rare as teeth in hens. #beoneofthe60 email Ben Webber b.webber@boilerhouse.co.uk for more information.
 
Increasingly CLGdotTV programmes are presented as Podcasts. These can be found on the CLGdotTV platform and listened to and downloaded from our own podcast platform or subscribed to through Spotify and iTunes

 

Back to homepage

 

Back to homepage