Last year’s study revealed that more than half of websites scored less than 50% and concluded that with an average usability rating of 45.5%, local authorities needed to review the online service they provided to the public. The leading councils this year are Clackmannanshire, Greenwich, Haringey, Southwark, Brighton & Hove and Merton.
According to Trenton Moss, director at Webcredible, “This positive turnaround in online services ultimately means that these authorities will benefit from improved communication with citizens and significant cost savings.”
He adds, “This year’s study shows that council sites have been much better at providing simple navigation of their websites and prioritising and displaying key information. Areas for improvement include better form processing and error handling, providing text resizing controls and progress indicators to support users when transacting online.”
The Webcredible study benchmarks the Socitm (1) Top 20 local authority websites against a set of 20 best practice guidelines for ensuring optimum user experience. These guidelines were developed by Webcredible specifically for local authority websites.