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July - 2017

Presentations from Connected Local Government Live 2017 available

Vicky Sargent
Tue 11 Jul 2017

Presentations from Connected Local Government Live, held in Birmingham 28 & 29 June are now available.

Among them are a series of presentations giving feedback on aspects of Better Connected testing, including the mobile, search, navigation and A-Z testing, and our accesibility testing.

In addition, there were presentations focused on learning from some of the service task testing, including planning, libraries, waste management and social care.


Fewer than half of revamped council websites pass Socitm Better Connected user tests

Vicky Sargent
Mon 10 Jul 2017

Fewer than half of the 91 council websites re-designed between April 2016 and March 2017 have achieved the pass mark in Better Connected's search/navigation/A-Z test and its access from mobiles test.

The analysis uses information about council websites that have undergone re-design from Jumoo's Localgov Pagespeedy service, which, as part of its monthly analysis of local authority sites, takes monthly screenshots and makes a manual comparison to detect new sites launched.

Better Connected: applications open for 2016-17 re-reviews

Vicky Sargent
Tue 04 Jul 2017

Did any of this year’s Better Connected surveys identify issues with aspects of your website that you have subsequently fixed or which you intend to fix?

Would you like the opportunity for a re-review which could raise your published score for individual tasks or your overall star rating in Better Connected?

If the answer to both questions is ‘yes’, then please contact us as soon as you are ready as we are now taking bookings for paid for re-reviews. These are different from BC challenges, where you think we got something wrong. These we look into as part of the BC process, free of any charge.