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Bank of England jargon far too taxing

For decades now, we at Plain English Campaign have added our voice to those justifiably complaining about jargon in a number of areas. Financial jargon may well be at the top of the list of complaints we’ve received, and things don’t seem to be improving.

And with Brexit officially on the horizon (March/April has been mentioned) we really do need to know what is going on with the country’s banks and, in turn, our own finances.

Read more: Bank of England jargon far too taxing

Councils ignore plain English guidelines

You may recall recent Government guidelines that made plain English ‘mandatory for all of Gov.UK’. Well, it seems that ‘mandatory’ means different things to different councils.

A recent independent report looked closely at up to 100 pages on 191 local authority websites. The findings suggest that 82% of the information checked is ‘confusing readers by failing to use plain English’.

Read more: Councils ignore plain English guidelines

More beauty product nonsense

Have you ever bought a skin-care product after/despite hearing some impressive-sounding gobbledygook? The beauty product industry has seemingly always used hefty doses of waffle when marketing its creams, oils and ‘exfoliating’ gels.

But how many of the claims made about said products bear scrutiny? Unsurprisingly, very few.

Read more: More beauty product nonsense

2017 open courses

Book two places on any open course and receive £35 off each place.

Last two places left on our diploma course starting 22 February 2017 in London.

View our open course dates.

The 16 March plain English open course in London is now fully booked. There are still places available on this date for the plain English course in Edinburgh.

Contact Terri Schabel on: 01663 744409 for more details or email her at terri.schabel@plainenglish.co.uk

We voted 'Leave' – what now?

The votes are counted and the UK has voted out of the European Union. Scaremongering campaigns and spin aside, what does the decision actually mean?
 
Here’s a plain English guide to some key issues.
 

Read more: We voted 'Leave' – what now?

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