There are a number of guidelines that must be met for public sector websites and recent legislation means we have had to check our website meets requirements.
The full name of the regulations is the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. As part of meeting the regulations, services must achieve the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (known as WCAG 2.1) which are an internationally recognised set of recommendations for improving web accessibility.
Making a website accessible means making sure it can be used by as many people as possible.
This includes those with:
- impaired vision
- motor difficulties
- cognitive impairments or learning disabilities
- deafness or impaired hearing
Accessibility means more than putting things online. It means making content and design clear and simple enough so that most people can use it without needing to adapt it, while supporting those who do need to adapt things.
We have created a statement which explains more about the process, and how to ask for information in a different format to help you read it.