Scilly’s Council Website Ranked Second Hardest To Read In The UK
The Council’s website has been ranked second to last out of 191 UK local authorities for its lack of readability and clarity.
The research was carried out by the internet experts VisibleThread.
They graded council sites on how well they’re meeting the new government guidelines, issued in 2014, for the way public bodies are expected to communicate online.
Following an analysis of 100 pages on their site, the Council of the Isles of Scilly was found to have the second hardest to read local authority portal in the country.
Only Malvern Hills District Council was rated worse.
The VisibleThread report says factors contributing to the council’s poor score were the high proportion of long sentences and the complexity of the language used.
In a public meeting on St Mary’s last November, the council’s Chief Executive Theo Leijser said his organisation was still “not good at engaging in a meaningful way with the community.”
He said he was putting together an action plan to improve the situation.
That followed an independent review by local government experts, which criticised the council for the way it communicates with residents.