Plain English campaign news articles
Plain English and legal advice are essential bedfellows
- Created on Tuesday, 22 November 2011 10:26
Lady Justice Hallett has been nominated for our Osborne Memorial award for speaking up in court about the need for plain English. She joins the likes of Baroness Thatcher for her support during the Rayner Review of government documents and Harriet Harman MP for her work on the plain English explanations of the Equalities Bill.
Compulsory purchase order is a 'must buy' in plain English
- Created on Thursday, 27 October 2011 14:44
The Scottish Government has launched new guidance on compulsory purchase orders for Local Authorities and an easy read guide for members of the public.
This is the first time in over 30 years the guidance for Local Authorities has been updated.
Protect your livelihood with plain language
- Created on Monday, 05 September 2011 14:22
As people in major towns of the UK sweep their lives back into order, it has been suggested that the national riots were triggered after a 29-year-old man, Mark Duggan, was shot in London by police officers. But the absence of plain English in a major public crisis has again made matters worse with details of the shooting being poorly communicated by the police force, and the difficulties experienced by police officers in deciphering the street language of young rioters.
Earlier this year, the 7/7 evidence hearings were heavily criticised by the attending judge, Lady Justice Hallet, for being seriously short of ‘plain English’.
Banks’ crippling charges and switching stand-off
- Created on Tuesday, 23 August 2011 16:58
The Treasury Select Committee are pushing the Independent Commission on Banking (ICB) to press the Government into taking action to make bank charges clearer and switching between bank accounts easier. In the meantime, this triangle of pressure is causing account holders unnecessary costs and loss of choice, while the Financial Services Authority and the Treasury Select Committee argue about taking action.
This betrayal of customers’ rights cuts deeper when, to a great extent, the issue of clearer information to promote fairer competition was addressed in Northern Ireland as early as 2007.
Pension ‘trail commissions’ create a trail of misery
- Created on Tuesday, 23 August 2011 16:28
Recent research from the watchdog Consumer Focus shows that the banned pension trail commissions paid to independent financial advisers may continue to cost some pension savers millions of pounds. This is money that could be invested in the saver’s pension scheme rather than the financial advisers’ pockets.