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New public sector website accessibility regulations

In September 2019 new regulations came into force which mean that every new public sector website needs to meet particular accessibility standards and publish a statement which says that they have been met. Existing websites have until 2020 to comply and all apps have until 2021 to comply.

The aim of the new regulations is to ensure public sector websites and mobile apps are accessible to all users, especially those with disabilities.

Many websites are not accessible for people who are visually impaired. For people using assistive technology like a screen readers or screen magnifiers, navigating a website can be incredibly frustrating and not being able to use or navigate a website is all too common.

The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No.2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 is now law in the UK but equality legislation (the Equality Act 2010 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995) already requires websites to be accessible. Despite that, many websites remain inaccessible.

Here’s some feedback about website accessibility from people with disabilities which shows what web accessibility should really be about: https://www.rnib.org.uk/rnibconnect/web-accessibility-people-disabilities

 

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