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ABI pension guide

The ABI (Association of British Insurers) have, in partnership with the Government, consumer groups and financial experts, produced a guide to pensions. The guide aims to ‘improve consumer understanding’ following the recent pensions overhaul.
 
When we heard about their plans we contacted them to see if we could be of any help. They responded that the draft guide was finished but that our feedback would be greatly appreciated – so here it is.
 

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A level playing field

Plain English Campaign were among the guest speakers at this year’s ‘Active Communications Conference’ in Manchester.

The conference, run by the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS), also included guest speakers from Sport England, Abilitynet and Big Voice Communications.

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Staffordshire Bull Terriers

The 17-year battle to save a Staffordshire horse-riding route has led to an early Plain English Campaign Golden Bull Award frontrunner.

Campaigner John Bainbridge has been fighting to get Tory MP Philip Atkins to reopen the Clifton Campville route with no success. And Atkins’ latest response – delegated to Jean Evans, his ‘Head of Law’ – is a four-page stream of nonsense well worthy of our Golden Bull award.

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Plain English Campaign versus jargon

We at Plain English Campaign need no invitation to join the chorus of disapproval about jargon.

We recently highlighted yet another example of typical nonsense from our friend Donald Trump, and always keep a watchful eye on the worst in gobbledygook.

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A matter of life and death

Later this year the NHS will introduce a new form which could cause confusion and poor communication between families and medical staff.

The form will replace controversial ‘do not resuscitate’ (DNR) orders. DNRs give doctors the right, without consulting a patient or a patient’s family or carers, to let a patient die.

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The Internet Crystal Mark – why you need one

A website that puts obstacles in front of its audience is not doing its job properly. Get rid of any on your website, and get our Crystal Mark accreditation to boot.

Obviously, easy-to-understand text is very important. But what if that text is badly laid out, difficult to read or hard to find?

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Banking on the future

When I was young I was encouraged to save up any money I got. The idea struck me as extremely boring so I spent it all on comics.

But with the huge recent pensions overhaul, isn’t it as good a time as any to instil in our children the idea that saving up is more important than ever?

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Coining it

The Royal Mint has been coining it.

Unfortunately, buyers of their commemorative silver £100 coins have lost out as they’re no longer considered ‘legal tender’.

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