Manchester City Council’s website has been recognised as one of the best in Europe and has been awarded with a People’s Lovie Award. The website was selected as the best in the government category and received a silver award.
The website was designed with the user in mind, and was developed following a review of how residents interacted with the council. It was then tested by a range of locals and accessibility experts.
Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council’s executive member for environment, said: “This is a fantastic achievement that gives testimony to the quality and success of the new website. That it has been judged by industry experts as one of Europe’s top government sites, while also being voted for by users of the website, is a huge accolade. Unsurpassed in its design and functionality, our new look site has become the benchmark of local government websites , making ease of use the main priority for our users in an era when the internet is gearing increasingly towards tablets and smart phones.”
Lee Pilmore, Head of Creative for content management system Jadu, said: “This website demonstrates the benefits of true collaboration. Design and web teams at Manchester City Council looked after creative decisions and content, while Jadu took care of the website structure design. All decisions were based on sound research and feedback from local residents. By making it easy for everyone across Manchester to get the information they need no matter what device they are on, we have created a bright new standard for local government website design.”
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