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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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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.

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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.”
 

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ABI pension guide

The ABI (Association of British Insurers) have, in partnership with the Government, consumer groups and financial experts, produced a guide to pensions. The guide aims to ‘improve consumer understanding’ following the recent pensions overhaul.
 
When we heard about their plans we contacted them to see if we could be of any help. They responded that the draft guide was finished but that our feedback would be greatly appreciated – so here it is.
 

Read more: ABI pension guide

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