City Hall unveils early designs of new user-friendly website
Work-in-progress designs of the revamped website for the Mayor of London and the London Assembly have been unveiled today in a bid to boost engagement with the Mayoralty and get more Londoners involved in major decisions. The London.gov.uk website is the first point of contact for the public with the Mayor and London Assembly. However, research carried out in 2014 revealed Londoners know very little about the work that goes on in City Hall and the current site can often be difficult to navigate, with information presented in a complex and technical manner. A modernised site is due to go live by the end of the year but from today Londoners will be able to click on a link at the top of the home page that will direct them to a ‘beta’ website - where users are given the opportunity to experience the new site under development and get a flavour of what is to come. Users will then be able to provide feedback on what areas they find useful and engaging and areas which they feel need more work. The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “It is absolutely vital that we keep Londoners informed about the big decisions that will affect them. Our modernised website will allow us to communicate in a clearer way what improvements are being made to the city, how public money is being spent and how Londoners can get involved. I would like to urge Londoners to test out the work-in-progress designs so we can produce the best and most engaging website possible.” The existing site will continue to run while the new modernised site is fully developed over the coming months.