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Plain English Campaign

We are world leaders in clear communication, with more than 40 years’ experience.

We officially began in 1979, to campaign against gobbledygook, jargon and misleading public information. We promote the use of plain English and offer a number of different services, including editing and training, to help organisations communicate with their audience as clearly as possible. Many of the organisations we have helped are shown in our list of Crystal Mark holders.

In 1994 our founder, Chrissie Maher, received an OBE in recognition of her campaigning and work in the field of plain English. Other accolades include being named ‘Information Pioneer of the Century’ by the UK’s National Information Forum, and ‘Public Affairs Achiever of the Year’ and ‘Outstanding Achiever of the Year’ in the 2010 Women in Public Life Awards.

Editing and proofreading services

Transform and clarify your documents with our editing services.


Learn plain English principles where you are or at a venue near you.


Crystal Mark, Internet Crystal Mark or Approved by – find out which seal of approval you need and why.

Corporate Membership

Become a Plain English Campaign corporate member – save money and carry our logo on your documents.


Our annual award winners, past campaigns and examples of communication at its worst.

Plain English tools

Free guides

Free guides


Drivel defence

Virtual open course

We run the Plain English open course online.

This course is ideal if you only have one or two people to train.


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