Specialist digital suppliers to the public sector
With a trained team of developers, designers and marketeers, Formation has a full understanding of the requirements that all public sector organisations should meet online. We have gained many years of experience within the public sector, from working with Police and Crime Commissioners, local councils and the NHS both on a local and national level.
We have been able to help public sector organisations improve their relationships with the general public by modernising and enhancing their websites, branding and digital presence, all to WCAG 2.1AA accessibility standards.
Not only this but we’ve been able to create bespoke software, such as our Independent Custody Visitors App, helping digitise and improve processes.
A huge part of working with the public sector is digital accessibility. We have been able to work with public sector organisations to make their websites comply with the new website accessibility standards.
To allow us to offer a better service to our clients, our team of developers, designers and marketeers have been on extensive training courses in digital accessibility to ensure that everything from the technical development of the website to the content that the user sees is up to scratch.
We have all experienced the frustration of slow loading website pages, having to squint at small text or unreadable fonts and graphics, also the annoyance of unfriendly or dysfunctional sites, particularly on mobile sites that are unresponsive to your smart-phone. While these issues might be slightly bothersome to many, for individuals with assisted needs, they can be severely restrictive.
Digital accessibility standards were made enforceable through government legislation on 23rd September 2020. Any applicable public sector websites should be compliant as of that date, meaning that in some cases, action needs to be taken immediately.
Web accessibility is the requirement for websites to utilise tools and advanced technologies to assist and support people with assisted needs. Integrating accessibility can seem a daunting task when it’s not your skill-set. However, it is a vital element of the users’ digital experience and wellbeing.
If your organisation receives public-funding, then you will be required to comply with these mandatory directives.
This new law, The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018 applies to websites, downloadable documents, mobile apps, intranets and extranets, which means wide-ranging implications for councils, government agencies and the education sector.
Launched in the Summer of 2019, the West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner’s website project involved working closely with the PCC’s office to create a website which was accessible to all.
The new website accommodates all users, from the young people that are at risk of involvement in crime, to the teachers, police force and other practitioners that are actively involved in reducing crime in the West Midlands.
Our Public Sector Solutions include a set four stage structured approach to resolving your website accessibly obligations. As part of that process, we will identify what is required and or confirm whether it is more cost-effective to start anew.