Public Sector Websites in the U.K. Have to be Accessible, Regulations Go into Effect This Week
September 24, 2019 10:41:02 AM EDT
As of September 23, 2019, all new websites in the U.K. and any published after September, 23, 2018, must be accessible, according to a U.K. government press statement.
Simon Hart, the Minister for Implementation, said:
"This is another positive step in our longstanding commitment to ensuring digital services are accessible for all users and to encourage improved equality of access to public information and services.
Although directly impacting the public sector, the regulations provide a necessary reminder for all organisations to consider the needs of all users when building online services."
Websites that launched before September 23, 2018 will have another year to comply by September 23, 2020. Mobile apps will have until June 23, 2021. Accessibility statements are included in the requirements.