Local Government Improvement and Development website

Read more about plain language on the Local Government Improvement and Development website. You’ll find lots of information and advice about how to write clearly, including:
  • planning, editing and proofreading
  • tips on how to deal with tricky grammar and syntax and avoid common mistakes
  • tests to gauge your plain English ability
  • a crash course in the plain English basics to improve your writing
  • useful resources.

Local Government Association

Did you know that the Local Government Association has a list of ‘banned’ words and phrases?

They include ‘actioned’, ‘community engagement’, ‘core value’, ‘framework’, ‘multi-agency’, ‘partnership working’, ‘synergies’, ‘stakeholder’, ‘vision’, ‘sustainable’ and… ‘goldfish bowl facilitated conversation’.

The NHS and plain language

This tool provides guidance on how to write information for patients about medical conditions, treatments, procedures, examinations, surgery and services.

Plain English Campaign

You can download a wide range of free writing guides from the Plain English Campaign.

The Wordwatch blog

Writing Inc. blogs at Wordwatch, a plain language guide to grammar, punctuation and writing well.

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