FOI 38-22: Current plans to redesign/renovate the Northern Ireland Assembly website for better accessibility and usability by the public

Information Standards Freedom of Information Response

Our Ref: 38-22

15 August 2022


Freedom of Information Act 2000 (“FOIA”)

I am writing to confirm that the Northern Ireland Assembly Commission (Assembly Commission) has processed your request dated 10 August 2022 in line with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In your request, you asked:

“In which year was the Northern Ireland Assembly website ( created? Further, are there any current plans to redesign/renovate the website for better accessibility and usability by the public, such as the up-to-date website?”

The Assembly Commission holds information relevant to your request and is outlined below.

The original Assembly website was created in 1998. The technical architecture and design of the current website was launched in 2010.

The website is an essential public facing engagement platform for the Assembly. It is used to reach a wide range of external users and internal stakeholders. A project to redesign and redevelop the site is in development. The redesign will ensure the website provides meaningful, useable content for all users and meets accessibility requirements.

You have the right to request a formal review by the Assembly Commission and if you wish to do so, please write to me at the above address. If after such an internal review you are still unhappy with the response, you may appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF which will undertake an independent review.

The Assembly Commission may publish details of your FOI request and its official response within the organisational disclosure log. The request will be completely anonymised and you will not be identified in any way. This is to meet the requirements as laid out by in the agreed publication scheme with the Information Commissioners’ Office.


Yours sincerely

Information Standards

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