Concerns over Government position on EU Web Directive

Post date: 
Thursday, 14 April 2016
Category: 
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Accessible information
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We’ve been working with our colleagues at the European Blind Union and across Europe to ensure that the future European Directive on accessibility of public websites makes a real difference for blind and partially sighted people in the UK.
 
Final negotiations for the Directive are now underway and we’re expecting them to last until 26 April. 
 
We were so disappointed to hear that the UK is one of the countries trying to water down the future EU Web Accessibility Directive. 
 
If the Government is successful, the Directive would only apply to Government and local authorities’ websites but not to other publicly funded bodies, like universities or to utilities. It’s also unclear whether the Directive will cover apps. 
 
To us, this doesn’t make sense particularly as people use apps more and more and access websites to do things like pay their utility bills. We’re urgently calling on the Government to reconsider its position and ensure that people with sight loss have access to web content and apps, just like everyone else.
 
Join the campaign on Twitter by tweeting the minister, Matt Hancock MP and let him know that he should be supporting people with sight loss during these negotiations.