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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.
 

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Summer special offer

We have a summer special offer for you.

Do you have a leaflet you want us to edit and Crystal Mark for £200? That’s £200 for editing, rewriting and bringing your document up to Plain English Crystal Mark standard.

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Web deceit gets trickier

We’ve already highlighted some of the dodgy techniques websites use to con customers.

Shamefully, not only have many websites continued to use them (and, in some cases, pass them off as perfectly OK), they’ve started to use even sneakier programs.

Read more: Web deceit gets trickier

SATS chaos

You know all about the SATS controversy. Teacher frustration, parent demonstrations, child misery.

We’ve had plenty of contact from teachers and irate parents in particular. And the evidence – in this case the actual SATS questions, as sent in to us – suggest they’ve got plenty of reason to be upset.

Read more: SATS chaos

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.”
 

Read more: Government plain English woe

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