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Banks blasted by watchdog

The FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) has gone after banks once again.

In yet another unsurprising blast, the FCA suggests that banks and other finance companies use too much unreadable jargon in their small print.

Read more: Banks blasted by watchdog

Digital jargon

The Government Digital Service (GDS) and Crown Commercial Service (CCS) have teamed up to make sure digital service contracts are written in plain English.

The GDS announced their collaboration with CCS in a blog post. The two have joined forces to help get rid of complex terms and inconsistent, unclear content in the contracts.

Read more: Digital jargon

Plain English course in Edinburgh

Places are now available on our Plain English open course in Edinburgh on Wednesday 30 September.

To book a place, just send an email to us at info@plainenglish.co.uk and ask for a booking form, or 'phone Terri on 01663 744409.

A burning issue

A Royal Pharmaceutical Society survey suggests that many people don’t know what protection ratings on sun-cream bottles mean.

According to the survey, one in five are unaware that the SPF rating, or factor number, does not mean protection against all sun damage. Only 8% of those surveyed understood that the SPF rating on the bottle means protection from UVB rays only.

The SPF rating shows protection against sunburn, but not from UVA rays, which cause long-lasting skin damage. Protection against UVA rays is shown by a star rating. Both UVA and UVB rays can cause skin cancer.

Read more: A burning issue

More golden rules

Back in 2013, we applauded Michael Gove for demanding clearer written communication. He set out a list of ‘golden rules’ for everyone working under him at the Department of Education.

Gove, now Justice Secretary, has laid out similar rules for his current staff.

Read more: More golden rules

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