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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.

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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

More golden rules

Back in 2013, we applauded Michael Gove for demanding clearer written communication. He set out a list of ‘golden rules’ for everyone working under him at the Department of Education.

Gove, now Justice Secretary, has laid out similar rules for his current staff.

Read more: More golden rules

Yet more ploddledygook

We've heard a fair bit of ‘ploddledygook' before now, and we've covered plenty of it on these pages. The police, however, continue to make very little sense.

They've come under fire, once more, for talking absolute nonsense in their ‘Candidate Information Pack' extended job advert.

The police, according to the information pack, are looking for a ‘pioneer in blue-light collaboration' who can ‘reframe dilemmas'.

Read more: Yet more ploddledygook

Plaid Cymru plain English manifesto

With a week left until the general election, only one party has taken us up on the offer to work with them on a plain English manifesto – Plaid Cymru.

You can read the Plaid Cymru plain English manifesto here.

Read more: Plaid Cymru plain English manifesto

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