Parish Council Website Designs

A range of website design approaches to complement your range of activities

A Design Approach For Smaller Authorities

This design approach meets the regulatory needs of a smaller parish council especially parish councils with a turnover of less than £25,000 but this will equally meet the needs of many parish councils above this threshold.

Key Benefits:

  •  meets the Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities
  • an attractive modern design
  • flexible and easy to administer.
  • automatically backed up
  • scalable to allow you to expand the content

Click on the right arrow (>) or left arrow (<) either side of this page to review more complex website designs.

Freedom Of Information Design Approach

A design approach for town and parish councils with up to £200,000 annual turnover based on the
freedom of information rules for public authorities.

Key Benefits:

  • meets the freedom of information publication requirements
  • meets the transparency code for smaller authorities
  • an attractive modern design
  • flexible and easy to administer.
  • automatically backed up
  • scalable to allow you to expand the content

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Foundation Award Desgn Approach

A more extensive design approach for councils working toward the NALC Local Council Foundation Award.

Key Benefits:

  • Meet the Freedom of Information and Transparency regulations.
  • Demonstrate compliance with the NALC Foundation Award including: action plan, progress reporting, consultation documents, policies and procedures.
  • an attractive modern design
  • flexible and easy to administer.
  • automatically backed up
  • scalable to allow you to expand the content

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Quality Award Design Approach

An even broader approach to align with the Quality Award scheme requirements (including the Foundation Award)

Key Benefits:

  • Meet the Freedom of Information and Transparency regulations.
  • Demonstrate compliance with the Foundation Award and in addition the Quality Award  which includes additional information requirements from community engagement planning and reporting to internal management policies.
  • an attractive modern design
  • flexible and easy to administer.
  • automatically backed up
  • scalable to add additional content.

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Quality Gold Award Design Approach

Our design approach to complement the top Quality Gold Award of the NALC Local Councils Award Scheme

Key Benefits:

  • Demonstrate compliance withe the top Quality Gold Award with a website complementing the regulatory and award scheme requirements to provide corporate style performance management and delivery of council services while maximising the prioritised benefits for the community based on the community driven objectives. 
  • an attractive modern design
  • flexible and easy to administer.
  • automatically backed up
  • scalable to add additional content.

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The Challenge For Smaller Councils

The Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities was issued in 2014 to provide accountability for smaller authorities with a turnover of under £25,000 that were and are exempt from a routine external audit under the new Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.  The Transparency Code does not exempt smaller authorities from their reponsibilities under the Freedom of information Act 2000 but the Freedom of information Act 2000 requirements would already be met via the authorities’ publication Scheme.

The publishing requirements to meet these regulatory requirements primarily using a website are broadly:

  • To introduce the council and expain what it does.
  • To introduce the councilors.
  • To meet the Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities which covers:
    • What we spend and how we spend it.
    • What our priorities are and how we are doing.
    • How we make decisions.
    • Our policies and procedures.
    • Lists and registers.
    • The services we offer.
  • To provide information that is useful for local residents, local businesses and tourists.
  • To provide council contacts information.

In addition a website needs to be:

  • Resilient; which means that it needs to be protected from deliberate or accidental deletion or corruption.
  • Compliant; with Government standards
  • Supported; i.e. for system updates and user assistance.

 

Meeting The Needs of Smaller Councils

We have a design approach to meet the requirements of the Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities and to allow for the upgrade of the website (either by ourselves or the council). For example, additional information could be added incrementally to cover the the Council’s publication scheme for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

Alternatively you can click on the arrows above for summaries of the more complex solutions that we offer.  

The website provides general explanatory context to the information to make it understandable for the general public, so you don’t have to prepare all the content.  The information that you will add to the website is typically contained in pdf copies of the normal documents produced by the council and so there is no rekeying of information or duplication of effort.

 

The outline information structure is:

  • Who we are and what we do:
    • information about the council, its governance, the councillors
    • An overview of the activities of the council.
  • What we spend:
    • lists of expenditure items above £100
    • end of year accounts as required for the annual return
    • a bank reconciliation
    • year on year comparisons with explanations of the variances
    • explanation of the balances carries forward and current assets.
  • Compliance and good governance:
    • Annual Governance Statements.
    • Internal Audit Reports.
  • How we make decisions:
    • Council meeting schedules, agendas and minutes.
    • Parish meeting agendas and minutes.
  • Lists and registers:
    • Public Land and Building asset registers.
  • Useful Community information and contacts:
    • Local news and events
    • Contacts for council services such as:
      • allotments or
      • use of a village hall.
    • Notices, reports and galleries for cultural, sporting, social or other community events or interests.

In addition our websites are:

  • responsive i.e. designed for phones and tablets as well as laptops and desktops.
  • automatically backed up to a secure data centre.
  • compliant with government guidelines for local government websites.
  • scalable, allowing your website to grow and cover additional topics and provide additional features as the council’s publishing ambitions grow.
  • easy to update with notices, news and documents.
  • easy to handover to a new clerk or administrator with step by step user guides.
  • easy to add news, articles, images, photos and surveys, additional information pages much like creating new Word documents.

Once we have clarified your requirements we can add additional pages that are of community benefit such as lists of community organisations, services from the local authority and other public service providers.

 

We can supply stock images to add visual content but we prefer to use as many images as possible from your area to provide a familiar and distinctive visual theme.

 

For councils progressing toward the achievement of an award from the NALC Local Council Awards scheme we offer websites to complement the scheme. Click the open Council Website slider above to vew the additional content for each award level.

Smart phones and tablets

Mobiles Overtake Desktops

Web browsing with a smart phone or tablet computer overtook the volume of web browsing by desktop and laptop computers in November 2016 according to Web analytics firm StatCounter. For website owners this means that it is essential that websites are designed for use on multiple devices

Multi-device display built in

Any modern website needs to be responsive which means that the layout of a web page is automatically reconfigured in response to the device on which it is displayed. Our websites are responsive and will look good on a phone screen, a tablet computer or a desktop or laptop computer.

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