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Blank checks

We're all familiar with online prompts asking us to tick 'Yes' or 'No' boxes. Do we want someone to send us emails about products? Do we want to receive a monthly newsletter? We may need to click on a 'Yes' or 'No' box.

The answer, in any case, is normally 'No'. And we're normally in a hurry to get on with it and get rid of these irritating obstacles, which may mean us quickly making a decision and moving on. But what if you have to remove your agreement before you have even given it?

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Clear manifestos

With just under 100 days until the general election, we’ve asked all major parties for a clear version of their manifesto.

We know that a large number of people will struggle to read the full-length version. There is no good reason why the parties can’t provide an easy-to-understand, point-by-point summary of their key principles.

Read more: Clear manifestos

Down with the kids

The English Spelling Society (TESS) is up to no good once again with a new scheme. The scheme is aimed at making life easier for children in tests by allowing sentences such as 'my frend has a coff'.

TESS wants to 'open minds to the possibility of an eventual update of English spelling in the interests of improved literacy'. Or, put another way, 'English language should change to a phonetic version so people don't have to bother to learn it'.

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More council jargon

Dundee City Council is under fire for writing an 'obscure' letter to parents that's 'a real challenge to read'.

The letter, written by council Education Director Michael Wood, achieves an online readability score of 28.2. Or in other words, it's as difficult to read as the Harvard Law Review. It uses words such as 'redilineation' and contains a paragraph which is over 80 words long.

Read more: More council jargon

Plain English Campaign 2014 awards coverage

Here’s some of the media coverage of our 2014 awards. Unsurprisingly, Russell Brand seems to be the focal point for most of it. However, our ‘good’ award recipients get their deserved mention in each piece.

Coverage in the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, the Edinburgh Evening News, the Belfast Telegraph, STV News and the Hartlepool Mail.

Full details of our awards.

There has also been plenty of radio coverage, with most BBC stations mentioning the winners, along with numerous regional stations. We will continue to update our social media pages throughout the day and beyond with relevant pieces.

Facebook won’t 'like' this…

Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites will soon have to tell their users exactly how their photos and information are being used.

A Commons Service and Technology Select Committee report condemns the current terms and conditions as horribly long and complex, and akin to ‘engaging with Shakespeare’ (though much less fun).

Read more: Facebook won’t 'like' this…

The pensions problem deepens

The pensions problem, and it’s a serious problem, hasn’t improved since George Osborne recently announced his ‘pensions revolution’.

Packs sent out to pension customers have simply failed to shed much light on a complex issue. Worse still, not all insurers even mention the new rules, and run the risk of leaving their customers in dire trouble.

Read more: The pensions problem deepens

More mis-sold policies…

Not so long ago, we covered the mis-sold Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) fiasco – huge numbers of people saddled with pointless policies which they ended up being compensated for.

These were policies that were created for no reason other than to make money. And it seems that the lessons of the PPI disaster have quickly been forgotten if ‘bankruptcy indemnity policies’ are anything to go by.

Read more: More mis-sold policies…

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