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Banking on the future

When I was young I was encouraged to save up any money I got. The idea struck me as extremely boring so I spent it all on comics.

But with the huge recent pensions overhaul, isn’t it as good a time as any to instil in our children the idea that saving up is more important than ever?

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Coining it

The Royal Mint has been coining it.

Unfortunately, buyers of their commemorative silver £100 coins have lost out as they’re no longer considered ‘legal tender’.

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Government alcohol guidelines

While the vast majority of us know how much we can drink before driving, we’re less certain about calculating the risks to our health.

The Government’s new guidelines on healthy drinking may be useful to some. But there’s still an issue for many when it comes to figuring out exactly how much they’ve drunk or what the numbers actually mean.

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FCA worry

Last summer, we highlighted a call from the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) for banks and financial organisations to use plain English.

While some took those suggestions on board, many didn’t. And with well-publicised and worrying recent changes at the FCA, there’s every chance old bad habits could be set to return.

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The case for plain English

The independent Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland has told prosecutors that their reliance on legal jargon confuses the public.

Using a report on complaints handling and feedback, the Inspectorate highlighted jargon-filled responses to complaints.

Inspectors demanded that the Crown Office’s Response and Information Unit (RIU) respond using plain English. They also suggested that the RIU avoid using terminology unless they’re prepared to explain it.

Read more: The case for plain English

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