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Plain English campaign news articles Plain English Award nominees 2019

As part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations and to mark a new partnership – and in a slight break from tradition – we’re releasing some of our award nominees a little earlier than usual. We’ve also created some new categories to mark our sponsorship of this year’s awards. Please note that these are not award winners. Award winners will be announced in early December. considers 2019 ‘the year of confusion’ and we can only agree. There are those who have helped make some sense of an often baffling year, and those who have only contributed to the general bafflement. This early release contains a few culprits of the latter variety. For more plain English villains, and all the heroes fighting against obfuscation and gobbledygook, tune in again for the full and final list of winners and losers in early December.

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2019 Awards

Please send in your award entries - we're almost halfway through the year (!) and while we already have some excellent candidates, we could always do with a few more. Email or get in touch via our social media pages right up until the end of November. Thanks!

2017 Awards

It's time for this year's Plain English Campaign award winners.

It's been a mixed year for clear communication, but as usual, there are plenty of things to cheer, as well as jeer.

GDPR help for small businesses

Since May 2018 small businesses need to be GDPR compliant. What does this mean?

The way companies communicate with their users, and how they handle and process the information they hold about their users, will need to change. This is so all company practice falls in line with new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) guidelines. The guidelines are EU-led, but identical guidelines will almost certainly be written into post-Brexit UK legislation.

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GDPR - are you ready?

You’re probably aware of the upcoming GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) deadline (and if you’re not, you really should be). But will how you hold, share and use information be fit for purpose once that deadline has passed?

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Christmas holidays

We will be closed for Christmas from 12:00 noon on Friday 22 December 2017, and open again at 9:00 am on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

2018 diploma course

Our first diploma course in 2018 will take place on 21 and 22 February in London. Limited places available.

Phone 01663 744 409 and ask for Terri, or email her at

Child-friendly Facebook Terms and Conditions

The children’s commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, has produced ‘child-friendly’ plain English versions of Facebook’s terms and conditions.

We’ve often highlighted the need to simplify online terms and conditions on platforms such as Instagram and YouTube. Many users of those sites probably still don’t realize how their images and footage might be used once posted online.

Read more: Child-friendly Facebook Terms and Conditions

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