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Government plain English woe

Back in 2014, the Government’s Digital Service brought in ‘mandatory’ guidelines for ‘writing and managing content’. In particular, that meant keeping to plain English principles.
 
Or, in their own words, from the ‘Writing for GOV.UK’ guide: “Plain English is mandatory for all of GOV.UK. One of the parts most people pick up on is the plain English (or words to avoid) list. This isn’t just a list of words to avoid. Plain English is the whole ethos of GOV.UK: it’s a way of writing.”
 

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ABI pension guide

The ABI (Association of British Insurers) have, in partnership with the Government, consumer groups and financial experts, produced a guide to pensions. The guide aims to ‘improve consumer understanding’ following the recent pensions overhaul.
 
When we heard about their plans we contacted them to see if we could be of any help. They responded that the draft guide was finished but that our feedback would be greatly appreciated – so here it is.
 

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A level playing field

Plain English Campaign were among the guest speakers at this year’s ‘Active Communications Conference’ in Manchester.

The conference, run by the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS), also included guest speakers from Sport England, Abilitynet and Big Voice Communications.

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Staffordshire Bull Terriers

The 17-year battle to save a Staffordshire horse-riding route has led to an early Plain English Campaign Golden Bull Award frontrunner.

Campaigner John Bainbridge has been fighting to get Tory MP Philip Atkins to reopen the Clifton Campville route with no success. And Atkins’ latest response – delegated to Jean Evans, his ‘Head of Law’ – is a four-page stream of nonsense well worthy of our Golden Bull award.

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Plain English Campaign versus jargon

We at Plain English Campaign need no invitation to join the chorus of disapproval about jargon.

We recently highlighted yet another example of typical nonsense from our friend Donald Trump, and always keep a watchful eye on the worst in gobbledygook.

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