Scilly’s Council Website Ranked Second Hardest To Read In The UK

council-website-2016The 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.

6 Responses to Scilly’s Council Website Ranked Second Hardest To Read In The UK

  1. John Allsop September 13, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    So the council is really good at having,almost, the worst web site in the country.

    • Simon September 26, 2016 at 10:20 pm

      Don’t worry I think they’ve managed to go one better with their latest audit, it’s a stinker.

  2. a local September 8, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    Thought it was just me – obviously not.

  3. Pete September 7, 2016 at 4:42 pm

    Putting together a “action plan ” That as been one of the problems. There as never been a “plan of action” that this council as worked to. That is why we are sinking fast.

    • Linguine September 7, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      To be fair the dabbling Dutchman did have that early “action plan” to save 300k on staffing (that’s three hundred thousand pounds for the Linguist), as I recall that only ended up costing another 600k extra (six hundred thousand pounds for the Linguist).
      In truth the CEO the chairman and the vice chairman have all long overstayed their welcome. They are doing more harm than good with each day that passes.
      The damage is near complete but surely our councillors could find someone to clean up the mess with a semblance of dignity before we gift everything to Cornwall?
      Screw up your courage members and clean the house at least then it will register that you tried.

      • Don September 16, 2016 at 10:07 am

        Oh you’re hard… 🙁