Digital Compliance - what progress is the UK Local Government sector making?

07 May 2019

The latest results of the Sitemorse UK Local Government INDEX are now publicly available. The Q2 2019 results have been published today, Tuesday 7th May 2019.  

This quarter we saw Harrogate Borough Council, score 10/10 and return to the top of the table in the INDEX – the position they occupied for all of 2018. Most improved organisation this quarter is Blaby District Council who has risen a very credible 309 places to 5th place overall!

At the other end of the table, in last place was Burnley Borough Council, with a score of just 2.1/10 and we can see that East Staffordshire Borough Council was the biggest faller, dropping 242 places.

For this INDEX, in total, 220,648,584 tests were run across public pages (with 1,600 unique tests, checks and measures run across every page), we can reveal the following top 10 organisations and top five risers for the quarter are:

Top Ten Websites

Harrogate Borough Council
Richmondshire District Council
North Devon Council
East Renfrewshire Council
Blaby District Council
Daventry District Council
Orkney Islands Council
Eden District Council
City of London Corporation
Bridgend County Borough Council 

Most Improved

Blaby District Council
Bridgend County Borough Council
Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk
Charnwood Borough Council
Leicestershire County Council

Other statistics for these INDEX results include:

  • 2.06% tests found functional failure (broken links, missing images, emails that do not work etc)
  • 32.57% missing basic metadata (page titles, descriptions - key SEO elements)
  • 56.91% of checked PDFs passed accessibility

To view the full results, please visit:

This quarter we are holding a webinar to run through the results to help drive improvement across the sector. The webinar will be held on Tuesday 14th May at 15:00 BST, please contact Adam Turner to book attendance.