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2011 nominations needed for Women in Public Life awards.

Nominations for the Women in Public Life awards will close on Friday 6 May 2011. This is a chance to acknowledge the positive contributions and actions of women in our community.

Last year, Chrissie received both an award for her contributions to the community and an additional award for her overall outstanding contribution.

Read the full press release for details of how to place your nomination before the closing date.

One-woman’s shout

Plain English Campaign is honoured to be listed in a new publication due for release on May 5 2011 with Ellie Levenson’s second book, ‘50 campaigns to shout about’.

To celebrate this recognition, we are producing more stocks of our popular range of sticker messages from our ‘Jargon – you can stick it’ campaign so that anyone supporting clear public information can take action.

Read more: One-woman’s shout

Protecting your pot - the plain English guide to pensions

Ending retirement company gobbledygook – Annuity Direct team up with Plain English Campaign to produce a pensions guide which everyone can understand (not just the actuaries).

Finally, a pensions guide ordinary people will understand.

  • Joint operation to promote ‘ordinary language to ordinary people’.
  • Free guide covers vital areas of retirement planning.
  • Easy-to-download PDF format.

In a move designed to change the face of UK pensions' and retirement literature, specialist retirement-advice service Annuity Direct have joined forces with Plain English Campaign. Together they have produced an easy-to-follow guide to the most important retirement questions.

Read more: Protecting your pot - the plain English guide to pensions

Switched on to plain English

Plain English Campaign are proud to announce that uSwitch.com is the first comparison website to achieve our Internet Crystal Mark. The Internet Crystal Mark is recognised worldwide as a standard that a website has clear language, and is accessible and easy to use.

Plain English Campaign have been fighting for over 30 years against the use of unnecessary jargon and gobbledygook in communications. With a growing trend for public information to be presented through globally accessible online services, using clear language becomes even more important.

Read more: Switched on to plain English

Clear information gives confidence and control

‘Self-help’ and ‘do-it-yourself’ kits can be ideal, particularly in times when money is tight. But any kit is only effective if the result is reliable.

The recent Which? comparison of self-test kits demonstrates the varying quality and clarity of instructions and information. Without access to a health-care professional, the user is left with only the information in front of them. The experts who provided feedback on the kits said that the main problems lay with missing and unclear information. What isn’t said is often as important as what is said. And what is said needs to be clear and understandable the first time it is read.

Read more: Clear information gives confidence and control

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