Vision ICT Ltd is working in partnership with the Society of Local Council Clerks to support Local Councils in developing websites that place you in complete control
Why websites and the internet?
To meet the demands of E government.
To gain Quality Parish Council status.
To involve your community.
To communicate with your community.
To inform your community.
“ Through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) you will become the local access point for information about the Town Council and principal Local Authority Services and further advice on those services.”
(Para. 2.7 The Quality Parish and Town Council Scheme)
Why is it becoming so important?
More and more people are using the Internet.
23,000,000 people in the UK use the internet at home.
An increase of 15% in the last 12 months.
11.500,000 people now have a high speed connections.
An increase of 117% in the last 12 months.
The cost of hardware and software is coming down.
The cost of access to the internet is coming down.
The speed of accessing information through the internet is increasing for more people.
What makes a good website?
The image it presents
Information is kept up to date
A government view :3.18 Office of the e Envoy, Quality Framework for UK Government Website Design.
“ A good government website will answer a question or fulfil a need with the minimum of user effort and not give the user any unnecessary “web experience”.
What are you actually buying?
The website itself
– development / interactivity features
– adding content
Domain Name – www.YourCouncil.co.uk www.YourCouncil.gov.uk
Make sure it is purchased in your name and not that of the design company (cost for a .co.uk domain is under £6 and ‘gov.uk £80)
Disability Discrimination Act
For those unfamiliar with accessibility issues pertaining to Website design you do need to be aware that websites have to comply to the DDA.
Questions to ask your website designer
How does my website comply to the WAI (Web Accessibility Initiative) Guidelines?
What Priority Level does it reach. No level, Level 1, 2 or 3.
Government websites should be Level 2.
Not complying with the DDA is an offence
What do you want your website to do?
Your website can provide …
Information about your Council
Interactive features where your community can communicate with you
Forums / Questionnaires / On line forms
Diary of events
Information on community / voluntary organisations and activities
Information on Local Businesses
Information on local events
Useful links to other websites
When buying a website ensure that ….
You have full control of your website content and you are able to change all elements of the content, add new pages, pictures, links and upload files at no extra cost.
No information on your website is more than 3 clicks away.
You know what you are buying with a breakdown of the costs – don’t be afraid to ask questions or seek advice.
You agree a fixed price.
You agree timescales for development.
You are able to further develop your website as your needs change and develop.
Your website is launched on the major Search Engines and contains ‘Key Words’.
Website Development Options
Learn website design skills – Dreamweaver – Frontpage etc.
Employ website designers to design your website.
Free website as part of a national advertising network.
Vision Websites working in partnership with the SLCC.
Government Guidelines on Websites
Government websites should comply with the Guidelines for UK Government Websites and Framework for local government