Helen Grant MP to champion digital inclusion

Following discussions with BCAB Board members, Conservative MP Helen Grant has pledged to help us to champion the rights of blind and partially sighted people.

To date, she has asked Ed Vaizey. the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport atPrime Minister’s Question Time:

what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which the principles of digital inclusion are taken into account by his Department's website.

Mr Vaizey replied that his department ensures the website is compliant to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) priority 1 and 2 (AA standard), adheres to World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) guidelines and follows recommendations set out by the Government Digital Service.

The Government’s accessibility page has more information:

The site is tested using screen readers, automated validation tools and by manual checks.

Mrs. Grant has also recently asked for details of the government’s progress on increasing levels of digital inclusion of those on low incomes. This Association is committed to further raising awareness of the plight of those who face additional, and sometimes punitive costs in order to access services, more of which are becoming available exclusively through the internet.