GDPR & Transparency Compliant Websites

For Parish & Town Councils

GDPR compliant secured websites

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – legislation being enforced on 25th May 2018, will have a significant impact on organisations.

Any data that is submitted to your website must be encrypted in order to comply with GDPR. This will protect data from being hijacked. Our websites are installed with SSL certificates to encrypt data sent via your website, if for example, you are using forms, subscriptions, surveys, etc.

You can check your website by looking for the padlock symbol HTTPS and secure sign in the address bar of your browser. Test your site with the SSL Tool Checker.

Use secure public emails

Having a generic clerk email address such as clerk@mycouncil.org.uk will provide added protection and help prevent you from being personally liable for holding email data in case your personal email is hacked.  We provide free public webmail accounts enabled with SSL encryption.

Privacy Policy - Cookie Notice

Almost all websites use cookies – little data files – to store information in peoples’ web browsers. GDPR legislation requires websites to display a privacy policy notice covering cookies designed to protect online privacy, by making visitors aware of how information about them is collected and used online.

The privacy policy is a document, usually a page on the website, in which all of the methods and purposes of the data processing activities on the site are outlined, including contact forms, mailing lists etc.

Mobile Responsive for all displays

Transparency Code Compliant Websites

Responsive websites adjust to any screen size and are ideal for tablets and mobile phones, which are the most commonly used devices to access the internet, allowing your council information to be made easily accessible for all types of users.

“Smartphones and tablets have overtaken laptops as the most popular device for getting online” Ofcom 2015

Fundamentally, our websites are built on the world’s most popular web platform, which means they will always remain future proof and we use SSL certificates to help secure your website in order to become GDPR compliant. Why use SSL?

It’s flexible design allows us to further develop the site to incorporate services from other governmental websites that can also be customised.

Websites Designed For Parish Councils

We have many Council website templates, with dynamic features specifically designed for Parish Councils, which can be updated via a user friendly dashboard with ease.

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 Website | Top Features

Upload Documents - Minutes, Reports etc

Add Notices & Posts

Calendar - Events & Meetings

Custom Forms - i.e Fault Reporting

Add Councillors

Useful Contacts / Directory Services

Photo Gallery / Virtual Tours

Integrate Social Media

SSL Certificate - GDPR Compliant

and so much more...

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Powerful CMS to manage your site

We use the world’s most popular CMS platform. It’s very easy and intuitive.

Upload documents

Easily upload minutes, agendas, audits, accounts and financial statements with just a few clicks.

Events, News & Notices

Post events, parish notices and news stories with the push of a button.

Add a Member

Adding and editing members or councillors is just as easy. Simply click add new member in the pre-formatted boxes.

 

Why not consider a Mobile App or Web App?

Mobile App

Revolutionise Community Engagement

A council mobile app is an ideal community app that provides residents with an easier and convenient way to access council and local information because you’re always available on demand from the home screen.

Push notifications are a great way to send out alerts and promote events. Residents can save dates to their calendar, view POI with GPS directions, report faults, view documents, respond to surveys, view newsletters & much more.

A mobile app is an ideal addition to your mobile communications strategy.

‘The UK is now a smartphone society’ Ofcom

As a community app, you have the opportunity to use the directory feature and charge businesses for advertising their services on your app.

Web App

One App. Any Device.

Web apps pioneered by Google are known as Progressive Web Apps (PWA). Basically, a website & mobile app combined into one. The best of both worlds.

A Progressive Web App is the perfect low cost solution that allows your council information to be viewed on any web browser on both desktop and any mobile device, bringing similar features that have only been available for iOS/Android apps until now.

A PWA, when viewed on a mobile browser, prompts the user to save it to their mobile home screen, without the need for any installations. The added bonus, other than its speed and interactive features, is that it allows you to send instant push notifications, similar to a mobile app.

The Transparency Fund for Small Councils

The Transparency Fund

The government has confirmed a £4.7 million Transparency Fund to support small Parish Councils and other smaller authorities to become compliant with the Transparency Code for Smaller Authorities. This funding is being delivered through the National Association of Local Councils and has been available since April 2015 for a 3-year period.

The funding programme aims to provide support, training and guidance to assist those authorities that require support to move to online publishing of this information. This will ensure that the authorities are accountable to their communities and have established an online presence with which they can remain transparent by publishing key information on a timely basis.

The fund applies to authorities with an annual turnover of less than £25,000.

How To Apply For The Transparency Fund

You can access funding through your local CALC. Below are some links provided by NALC and Gov.UK that you may find useful.

Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance Notes For Smaller Authorities

General Briefing

The Full Transparency Code PDF 

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