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Upcoming course dates

Plain English Campaign can still accommodate you at some of our remaining 2015 capital city open course dates.

There are limited places available on the following courses. The costs are £300 for each course listed, or £175 for corporate members. Contact Terri on 01663 744409 for more details.

  • Manchester – Thistle Manchester Hotel
    Wednesday 18 November – plain English
  • London – Thistle Euston Hotel
    Wednesday 16 September – Grammarcheck
    Thursday 17 September – plain English
    Wednesday 25 November – plain English
    Tuesday 20 October – Report writing
  • Cardiff – Thistle Cardiff City Centre
    Date to be confirmed

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Plain English public notices

We’ve teamed up with Three Rivers District Council, Dacorum Borough Council and the RNIB (The Royal National Institute of Blind People) to develop Plain English guidelines for public legal notices.

As part of that, Three Rivers and Dacorum are running a brief national survey. Please complete the survey, which will only take a few minutes, and let us know what improvements you would make to public notices.

The survey is open to everyone until September 4. Three Rivers will publish a summary of the results on their website ( by 1 October 2015.

Thank you for your time.

Updated web site

We have updated our website - we hope you find it easier to use.

If you find something that doesn't work, or can't find what you are looking for, please email us on


How often have you read a job advertisement and wondered ‘what do they want, exactly?’

Jobs-market jargon may even have turned you away from a potential appointment. The Daily Telegraph’s Sophie Jamieson has provided a guide, and a quiz, to help you understand some of the terminology.

Read more: Jobbledygook

Yes Prime Minister?

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.

Read more: Yes Prime Minister?

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