Plain English campaign news articles
Yes Prime Minister?
- Created on Monday, 20 July 2015 15:46
The Prime Minister has urged all civil servants to use plain English when providing information to ministers.
David Cameron, in a letter circulated on 16 July, strongly recommends all officials remain clear in their written communication.
Banks blasted by watchdog
- Created on Monday, 06 July 2015 09:45
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.
- Created on Monday, 06 July 2015 09:23
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.
A burning issue
- Created on Friday, 26 June 2015 16:28
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.
More golden rules
- Created on Thursday, 25 June 2015 16:37
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.