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Compliant websites for the public sector

By September 2020, all parish, town & borough councils must have a website that complies with WCAG 2.1 AA rating so that it meets Accessibility Guidelines as set in the Public Sector Bodies Accessibility regulations.

WCAG (Website Content Accessibility Guidelines) is measured in 3 ratings – A, AA & AAA. The Government require public body websites to meet AA rating as a minimum standardYou can read this requirement here on the GDAS website.

Our WCAG 2.1 AA rated website package provides a compliant framework and website at the point of launch along with admin area training. Once live, the package includes a quarterly WCAG 2.1 AA scan report that highlights any areas that may fall out of compliance during the course of the year technical support & maintenance.

WCAG2.1 AA rated website
Ongoing WCAG monitoring
Transparency Code capability
Proven functionality & features
Modern mobile responsive design
Fast to setup up & manage
Support & training

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WCAG 2.1 AA website compliant packages

Since the release of the WCAG 2.1 guidance documentation, we have developed a website package solution that meets the compliance requirements whilst being both cost effective and provides clerks and those that manage a government website with the tools they need to run the site.

The Aubergine W3C & WCAG 2.1 AA rated website package service meets the requirements in terms of providing a compliant framework and website at the point of launch. Once live, we also maintain your site to ensure it’s supported, kept up to date with all software requirements and help you maintain WCAG 2.1 AA and W3C compliance.

What you get in the package:

A WCAG 2.1 AA rated compliant website built on WordPress.
Transparency Code capability.
Stylish, flexible design.
A fully mobile-friendly website.
Tools to edit and add new content to the website yourself.
Thorough training to get you started.
Website accessibility statements guidance.
A quarterly WCAG2.1 AA compliance scan with reports.
SSL-protected website hosting on our UK servers.
Automated full backups every 12 hours.
We’ll manage all software updates so you don’t have to.
We will ensure your website remains GDPR compliant.
Optional GDPR-compliant email, should you need it.
We will manage your domain name, should you need it.
We’re JISC-approved to work on .gov, .mod, .nhs & .org domains.
We’re Cyber Essentials certificated.
On-going support – email, online or phone.
All our team are UK-based.

What is WCAG 2.1 AA compliance?

The breadth of WCAG 2.1 AA compliance in respect to a website covers many areas, some relate to how it is technically constructed, how the user interacts with the website and how the information is presented (along with the alternative options for users if they cannot access the website’s information in a way that works for them.) You can read our full article here: ‘Website W3C & WCAG 2.1 accessibility compliance: What it means for councils & public sector websites and what you need to do‘.

Who are Aubergine?

Established in 2002, Aubergine’s management team have over 30 years’ experience in website design and coding. We are an 11-strong team of designers and developers based in Leighton Buzzard. We’ve worked with organisations such as The UN, GambleAware, The Mayor’s Fund For London and the Society for Local Council Clerks, and councils of varying sizes from Watford Borough Council to Eaton Bray Parish Council.

 

 

You can view a demo of the platform here with the live site from our friends at Leighton-Linslade Town Council. VIEW DEMO
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Website packages

 

Small town & parish councils
(suitable for annual precept budget up to £100k)
City, large town & parish councils
(suitable for annual precept budget over £100k)
One-off set up: £800 + VAT One-off set up: £1075 + VAT
+ Annual support package: £300 + VAT + Annual support package: £720 + VAT
+ Annual SSL-hosting package: £300 + VAT + Annual SSL-hosting package: £300 + VAT
Total: £1400 + VAT Total: £2095 + VAT
Payment options: Payment options:
Set up of £800 + VAT (+ domain if required)
+ 12x monthly support & hosting payments of £60 + VAT per month or;
Set up of £1075 + VAT (+ domain if required)
+ 12x monthly support & hosting payments of £100 + VAT per month or;
Set up of £800 + VAT (+ domain if required)
+ 1x yearly payment for support & hosting of £600 + VAT
Set up of £1075 + VAT (+ domain if required)
+ 1x yearly payment for support & hosting of £720 + VAT
Optional: Optional:
+ Email: Set up £200 + VAT then £10 + VAT per mailbox + Email: Set up £200 + VAT (up to 20 mailboxes) + £10 + VAT per mailbox
+ Domain registration: .gov = £100 + VAT per year, .com, org, .co.uk or .org.uk = £30 + VAT per year + Domain registration: .gov = £100 + VAT per year, .com, org, .co.uk or .org.uk = £30 + VAT per year
+ Transfer of existing website content to new site
charged at £25 + VAT per hour
+ Transfer of existing website content to new site
charged at £25 + VAT per hour
+ In-person training – half day session at £199 + VAT* + In-person training – half day session at £199 + VAT*
Example costing: Example costing:
Year 1 total set up and running cost (with hosting) £1400 + VAT Year 1 total set up and running cost (with support & hosting) £2095 + VAT
Year 2 total cost (with support & hosting) £600 + VAT Year 2 total cost (with support & hosting) £1020 + VAT
(+ optional domain registration fees and email services) (+ optional domain registration fees and email services)
2-year fixed price guarantee. 2-year fixed price guarantee.

 

If you would like to talk to one of our experts about your council’s website and how you can meet compliance, please call us on 01525 373020 or feel free to send us a message through the following GDPR-compliant enquiry form and one of the team will get back in touch.

 


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