23rd June 2021 marks the deadline for public sector organisations to have made their mobile applications accessible and to have published an accessibility statement.
The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (“accessibility regulations”) were made UK law on 23 September 2018. The aim of the regulations is for public sector bodies to make their websites, digital services and mobile apps accessible. The laws apply to organisations such as local authorities, central government departments, universities and some NHS trusts.
The aim of the regulations is to make websites and apps perceivable, operable, understandable and robust to a high standard of accessibility. This is so that everyone can use them, including those with disabilities.
A really important part of the regulations is that organisations also have to publish and maintain an accessibility statement which explains to those who use the service the level of accessibility.
The deadline for public sector websites to be accessible and to have published an accessibility statement was 23 September 2020. The deadline for mobile apps is 23 June 2021.