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New accessibility regulations for public sector websites

New accessibility regulations for public sector websites

New website accessibility regulations are coming into force next year. You can read all about the new regulations on GOV.UK.

Why Web Accessibility is Important

The Internet is an increasingly important resource in our lives including: education, employment, government, commerce, health care, recreation, and loads of other things. It's important that it's accessible to everyone in order to provide equal... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:00 by Ray Smith

Tags: UK Local Councils, Websites for local councils, Parish Council Websites, Parish Councils, Town Councils

A great evening at County Hall

A great evening at County Hall

It was great to see so many of our customers at the Leicestershire County Council Annual Parishes Liaison Event on Monday evening (9th July 2018). Thanks to all of you that came over to our stand for a chat.

An informative evening, started with a networking session and buffet. The formal session held in the council chamber commenced with an opening speech from Guy Jackson (pictured) followed by an update... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 10 Jul 2018 13:52 by Ray Smith

Tags: UK Local Councils, UKLC, Parish Council Websites

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) What's it all about?

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) What's it all about?

I'm sure that you are all aware that GDPR comes into force on May 25th 2018.

GDPR replaces the existing law on data protection (the Data Protection Act 1998) and gives individuals more rights and protection regarding how their personal data is used by councils. Local councils and parish meetings must comply with its requirements.

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has published a comprehensive... Read More »

Posted: Fri, 30 Mar 2018 12:00 by Ray Smith

Tags: UK Local Councils, Websites for parish and town councils, GDPR, UKLC, Resource

2commune supporting the Local Council Award Scheme

2commune supporting the Local Council Award Scheme

Many of our customers have started their LCAS journey with several already having reached the coveted 'Gold' status.

Tina Britt, our Managing Director is a member of the Leicestershire and Rutland LCAS assessment panel (pictured here with Andy Ellis - Lutterworth Town Clerk). This helps us to be at the forefront of the requirements and to actively contribute to process improvement. The picture was taken... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 08 Jan 2018 08:30 by Ray Smith

Tags: UK Local Councils, UKLC, Parish Council Websites, Local Council Award Scheme

Christmas Message from 2commune

Christmas Message from 2commune

We've had another fantastic year thanks to you (our customers), it's been great working with you all. The 2017 User Group was the first big event of the year. This was a roaring success and we're now busy developing the new features that you all voted for.

Many smaller councils have joined the UKLC family over the last couple of years having benefited from transparency code funding. The fund comes to... Read More »

Posted: Tue, 19 Dec 2017 16:30 by Ray Smith

Tags: News, Christmas, UK Local Councils, Websites for parish and town councils

A great day at Cromford Mills

A great day at Cromford Mills

Derbyshire Association of Local Councils 71st AGM was held in the Gothic Warehouse at Cromford Mills. Cromford Mills was the first water-powered cotton spinning mill developed by Richard Arkwright in 1771. It is the birthplace of the modern factory system and internationally recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The day included a fascinating presentation on how to produce a good press release... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:30 by Ray Smith

Tags: UKLC, UK Local Councils, Websites for parish and town councils

Yellow Pages - End of an Era

Yellow Pages - End of an Era

The Yellow Pages is no more. We all had one next to our phone helping us to solve domestic crises and securing local traders lucrative work.

After 51 years, owners Yell have decided to close the book and offer a purely online service, as people tend to just Google things these days.

Does your council provide an online directory to your community?

UK Local Councils (UKLC) includes an online community directory... Read More »

Posted: Mon, 04 Sep 2017 16:25 by Ray Smith

Tags: Websites for parish and town councils, UK Local Councils

Throw your keyboard away and talk to your computer.

Throw your keyboard away and talk to your computer.

The government is starting to deliver services in new and innovative ways. The computer keyboard is still the biggest barrier to using a computer. This new service allows you to ask when your car tax is due simply by talking to 'Alexa' via your Echo.

An Amazon Echo is a hands-free smart speaker you control with your voice. Echo connects to the Alexa Voice Service to play music, provide information,... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:35 by Ray Smith

Tags: News, accessibilty

Devolution of services to local councils

Devolution of services to local councils

Jonathan Owen (NALC Cheif Executive) is pictured here with Tina Britt from 2commune at the spring conference in Norfolk.

In his presentation to Norfolk parishes, Jonathan said that "results of a recent consultation conducted by NALC showed that over 70% of respondents are keen to get involved in local service delivery".

As higher tier authorities face reduced funding they won't be able to fund discretionary... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 25 May 2017 18:00 by Ray Smith

Tags: UKLC, UK Local Councils, Websites for local councils, Websites for parish and town councils

Norfolk ALC Spring Conference

Norfolk ALC Spring Conference

Ray Smith (from 2commune ) is pictured here with Russell Reeve (Norfolk ALC's County Officer).

The theme of the conference was Sustainability and was held at The Great Britain Centre in Swaffham.

It was a scorching hot day, an upbeat agenda kept everyone's attention. There were lots of questions and the main session was followed by a networking lunch.

We would like to thank all of those who were able... Read More »

Posted: Thu, 25 May 2017 10:48 by Ray Smith

Tags: UKLC, UK Local Councils, Websites for local councils, Websites for parish and town councils

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