Council’s website rated 4th nationally for accessibility

Council’s website rated 4th nationally for accessibility

Bassetlaw District Council’s website has been ranked 4th in a list of UK Local Authorities for its accessibility - its ability to make sure that there are no barriers that stop people with disabilities such as impaired vision, motor difficulties, deaf or hard of hearing and learning disabilities from reaching and using the website.

Rated by Sitemorse, a service that measures how well websites are performing in eight different areas, websites are checked to see how accessible they are to those wishing to use it and that it is working as expected to. The tests look at the code that forms the website, the page’s clickable links, spelling, brand, email and the web browser(s) the site can found on.

Councillor Kevin Dukes said, “This is a great result for the Council and shows how we continually improve our services and accessibility or all the residents of Bassetlaw.  Praise should be given to the team at Bassetlaw District Council involved in this.”

He added, “Our web presence is a vitally important means of communication with the residents of Bassetlaw and it is imperative that this does not stand still but reflects changes in both the way people want to access our services and the ever changing face of technology.”

The quarter 1 audit released in February 2020 placed the Bassetlaw District Council website at rank 14 out of 399 websites. The website has since moved up to position number 4 out of 413 websites. In February the Council’s website was given an overall score of 8.9 out of 10, which has now improved to 9.2 as of the quarter 2 audit.

Sitemorse releases the findings of its tests four times a year in the Sitemorse Audit, a report that shows the ranking of each website so that they can be compared.

The full Sitemorse Audit can be viewed at: https://sitemorse.com/index/uk-local-government/2020-q2


Last Updated on Friday, June 12, 2020