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Plain English Campaign declares the death of local democracy

Plain English Campaign officials are currently reporting on a wave of protests regarding attempts at consultations on local development plans.

‘From Dundee to Derbyshire, we are receiving complaints from people who feel their right to a democratic voice has been taken away’ says campaign founder Chrissie Maher.

Read more: Plain English Campaign declares the death of local democracy

NHS communications in poor health

Graham Stringer, MP for Blackley and Broughton, has rightly savaged NHS Greater Manchester’s hideous and gobbledygook-ridden ‘Healthier Together: Strategic Direction Case’ document.

Mr Stringer describes the paper as “tripe dissolved in twaddle” and goes on to deride it as “the most incomprehensible, opaque and jargon-ridden document I have read in the last 30 years.”

He adds: “The person who wrote it should be sent on a plain English course immediately, unless of course the whole intention was to keep secret the intent to make cuts.”

Perhaps this is the case?

Read more: NHS communications in poor health

Apostrophe lives to fight again as Plain English Campaign forces rethink

Mid Devon District Council leaders have been forced to reconsider banning the apostrophe from street signs in the area.

Plain English Campaign was swift to praise the council for its ‘brave’ decision to reconsider the issue.

‘It‘s a victory for common sense,’ claimed jubilant Plain English Campaign founder Chrissie Maher. ‘You do have to question the good sense of anyone who thinks that confusion can be avoided by messing around with the rules of our language.’

Read more: Apostrophe lives to fight again as Plain English Campaign forces rethink

Loss in translation

Councils who waste taxpayers’ millions on unnecessary translation have been heavily criticised by a senior government minister.

Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles ridiculed the amounts spent on translation services and bemoaned a culture that could spend £600 on translating a glossy magazine into Urdu for a single complainant.

Read more: Loss in translation

New corporate membership logo

The Corporate membership logo

We have re-designed our corporate membership logo.

If you are a corporate member and would like to receive the updated logo, please let us know at info@plainenglish.co.uk, along with your membership number and we will send you an updated copy.

Please note that you are free to continue using the older logo if you wish.

X-rated study on confusing medical terms: Plain English Campaign prescribes cure

Complex medical jargon and unclear diagnoses could put lives at risk, according to new research.

A study has found that nearly half of working-age people cannot understand or use everyday health information.

Those with poor reading skills and the biggest health problems are thought to be most at risk.

Read more: X-rated study on confusing medical terms: Plain English Campaign prescribes cure

Plain English Day 2012

It's Plain English Day on Friday, 14 December.

Each year, we present awards for the best and worst examples of English. The main awards recognise organisations and individuals who have genuinely made an effort to present themselves using clear and concise English. The infamous 'Golden Bull' and 'Foot in Mouth' awards inject a sense of mischief into the proceedings. All the award winners can expect to receive media coverage.

Go to our awards pages to view the winners for 2012

Chrissie takes up arms against voice recognition

Following reports that Birmingham City Council's automated phone system is unable to recognise Birmingham accents, Chrissie Maher, our founder commented:-

"The millions of pounds which goes into building these systems is just stupid.

Anyone calling a rent arrears department will be anxious and upset anyway but to then have their voice not recognised because of their accent is awful.

The Brummie accent is instantly recognisable and should be celebrated. You can bet the people who developed these systems are posh or from London."

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