Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
A review into the 8 June parliamentary election will be carried out following social media complaints from constituents who were unable to vote in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
The vote, which Labour’s Paul Farrelly won, is currently being investigated by the Association of Electoral Administrators. Constituents complained that some of the postal votes had not been issued, and that there were problems joining the Electoral Register online.
Students from Keele University went to vote on the day of the election and were being told that their names ‘were not on the list’. At least 140 students complained about the problems.
Tom Snape, chairman of the Keele Students Union, said: “There are thoughts of a general problem with the council being able to handle the number of voters.”
John Hellgren, Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council’s chief executive, said: “We have commissioned the most suitably qualified organisation in the country to investigate the issues and to determine whether there were any shortcomings in relation to the conduct of the election. We are hopeful the association can start its work immediately and produce their report as soon as possible.”
Accessibility is the name of this game. Web designers are getting better at addressing the issues, but general awareness of accessibility requirements is still low. This is worrying – websites that are not currently accessible are potentially breaching the Equality Act of 2010. One of the first places to look for help should be the Government Digital Service (GDS), which provides help, advice and guidance on legislation regarding accessibility.
It is surprisingly easy to start meeting the government’s accessibility requirements.
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