At Sitemorse we published our 2019 Q4 UK Central Government INDEX this week. The INDEX has been published quarterly since 2006 and ranks the websites of nearly 200 UK Central Government organisations, based on User Experience, Search Engine Optimisation and Governance, Risk and Compliance.
Our Q4 INDEX was compiled following over 140 million tests, checks and measures across over 440,000 URLs.
Congratulations to the Student Loans Company for taking first place and the National Crime Agency for being the most improved.
Overall, 18 organisations improved the Accessibility of their website, whilst 23 have seen it decline and 149 have made no progress.
No organisations passed the WCAG 2.1 Level A and AA tests on 100% of their web pages. Indeed, there are 5 organisations that fail the level A and AA tests on every page.
European Union Directive 2016/2102/EU, creating a set of standards for EU public sector bodies, using European standard EN 301 549 V1.1.2 (2015-04) was approved on October 26, 2016. It came into force for in the UK on 23 September 2018. The aim of the regulations is to ensure public sector websites and mobile apps can be used by as many people as possible.
This includes those with:
New public sector websites have needed to be compliant since 22 September this year, all other public sector websites need to be compliant by 22 September 2020.
If we focus purely on Accessibility and compare the Q4 INDEX results with those from Q3:
Top ten websites
Five Most improved websites
The full 2019 Q4 UK Central Government results can be found here: Sitemorse 2019 Q4 UK Central Government INDEX