Plain English campaign news articles


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?

Banks blasted by watchdog

The FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) has gone after banks once again.

In yet another unsurprising blast, the FCA suggests that banks and other finance companies use too much unreadable jargon in their small print.

Read more: Banks blasted by watchdog

Digital jargon

The Government Digital Service (GDS) and Crown Commercial Service (CCS) have teamed up to make sure digital service contracts are written in plain English.

The GDS announced their collaboration with CCS in a blog post. The two have joined forces to help get rid of complex terms and inconsistent, unclear content in the contracts.

Read more: Digital jargon

A burning issue

A Royal Pharmaceutical Society survey suggests that many people don’t know what protection ratings on sun-cream bottles mean.

According to the survey, one in five are unaware that the SPF rating, or factor number, does not mean protection against all sun damage. Only 8% of those surveyed understood that the SPF rating on the bottle means protection from UVB rays only.

The SPF rating shows protection against sunburn, but not from UVA rays, which cause long-lasting skin damage. Protection against UVA rays is shown by a star rating. Both UVA and UVB rays can cause skin cancer.

Read more: A burning issue

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