The focus of the SOCITM new BetterConnected+ service is to support councils in meeting the statutory requirements generated by the new European Union (EU) Directive on the Accessibility of Websites and Mobile Applications (underpinned by WS3C's WSAG 2.1 guidelines).

In order to comply with the Directive, local authorities and other public sector organisations will need to rethink their accessibility strategy to monitor the accessibility of their websites and mobile apps, make information from the monitoring available in an accessibility statement and provide reports to a central authority.

ShareDigital'19 includes a programme of BetterConnected+ roundtable discussion groups focused on web and mobile accessibility. The purpose is to bring together those responsible for developing council accessibility strategies, to share best practice and develop their plans to ensure compliance with the new EU Directive.

If you are interested in hosting a roundtable discussion group to discuss issues relating to the accessibility of council websites and mobile apps, please get in touch with John Neame via john@sharedigital.net