Plain English campaign news articles
BBC cannot always be trusted to use plain English
- Created on Monday, 28 November 2011 14:13
While the BBC is still recognised by many as a worldwide standard in communication, there are parts of the organisation receiving criticism from programme listeners.
Mum's the word
- Created on Monday, 28 November 2011 13:30
Making family decisions, or giving parental advice, can be difficult when you can't find the right words. But it is possibly more difficult for parents to understand and interpret the volumes of information they receive daily from government and businesses.
Plain English and legal advice are essential bedfellows
- Created on Tuesday, 22 November 2011 10:26
Lady Justice Hallett has been nominated for our Osborne Memorial award for speaking up in court about the need for plain English. She joins the likes of Baroness Thatcher for her support during the Rayner Review of government documents and Harriet Harman MP for her work on the plain English explanations of the Equalities Bill.
Compulsory purchase order is a 'must buy' in plain English
- Created on Thursday, 27 October 2011 14:44
The Scottish Government has launched new guidance on compulsory purchase orders for Local Authorities and an easy read guide for members of the public.
This is the first time in over 30 years the guidance for Local Authorities has been updated.
Protect your livelihood with plain language
- Created on Monday, 05 September 2011 14:22
As people in major towns of the UK sweep their lives back into order, it has been suggested that the national riots were triggered after a 29-year-old man, Mark Duggan, was shot in London by police officers. But the absence of plain English in a major public crisis has again made matters worse with details of the shooting being poorly communicated by the police force, and the difficulties experienced by police officers in deciphering the street language of young rioters.
Earlier this year, the 7/7 evidence hearings were heavily criticised by the attending judge, Lady Justice Hallet, for being seriously short of ‘plain English’.