Plain English course in Edinburgh
Places are now available on our Plain English open course in Edinburgh on Wednesday 30 September.
To book a place, just send an email to us at email@example.com and ask for a booking form, or 'phone Terri on 01663 744409.
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.
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.
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'.
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.
Doctors and nurses are using far too much jargon when dealing with patients, according to a recent survey.
The survey suggested that one in five patients has taken the wrong dose of medication on at least one occasion. It also found that 39% of patients surveyed would like their doctor, nurse or pharmacist to avoid technical terms when explaining medical matters.
Open course special offer
We have a small number of places left on the following courses:-
Plain English (Wednesday 24 June 2015 in Cardiff)
Grammarcheck (Wednesday 16 September 2015 in London)
To book either course with a £50 discount on each place, just send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for a special offer booking form, or 'phone Terri on 01663 744409.
This isn’t the first time we’ve mentioned this issue, but it’s now serious enough for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to want to ban it.
The FCA has suggested that ‘opt-out’ selling, where a customer has to untick a box to avoid buying something, is earning £108million a year. Almost a fifth of those falling for the scam are completely unaware of having done so.