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Government Initiatives

Information about plain-language programs sponsored by government agencies or other organizations.
Contact us if there are other programs you would like us to list.

Australia:

Australian Office of Parliamentary Counsel -- Papers and documents on using plain language

 

Department of Education, Science and Training -- Plain English at Work
 

Contact Government -- Government Online Directory: departments and agencies, Parliament, governor general, and courts and judges

 

 

 

Canada:

PLAIN Conference Presentation -- Plain Language: A Case Study of the British Columbia Securities Commission

 

PLAIN Conference Presentation -- Clear Language and Organizational Change: Halton Region Health Department

 

Canadian Bankers Association -- Plain Language Mortgage Documents

 

Department of Finance -- Plain Language Loan Disclosure Documents

 

Ontario, Ministry of Agriculture and Food -- Clear Writing: What is it? How do you do it?

 

Province of Nova Scotia, Communications -- Plain Language

 

Public Works and Government Services, Communications Canada -- Successful Communication Tool Kit -- Literacy and You

 

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat -- Communications Policy of the Government of Canada

 

 

 

Europe:

European Commission of the European Union -- How to Write Clearly: Fight the Fog

 

Europa -- Eurojargon: A plain-language guide of the European Union

     

Sweden:

PLAIN Conference Presentation -- Plain Language in Sweden: A Progress Report

   

Division for Legal and Linguistic Revision, Ministry of Justice -- English | Swedish

     

United Kingdom:

Brent Council, Wembley

 

Centre for Health Information Quality

 

East Sussex County Council -- Social Services Information Leaflets

 

Economic & Social Research Council -- Communications Toolkit: Written communication

 

Financial Services Authority

 

Hampshire County Council -- Plain English, Corporate Style Guide

 

London Borough of Waltham Forest

 

Office of Fair Trading -- Unfair terms in contracts: what is an unfair term?

 

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea -- Fighting cyberwaffle

 

Salford City Council -- Avoid "local government speak"; use plain English!

 

Social Security Agency of Northern Ireland -- The agency's commitment to plain English

 

Directgov -- Public enquiries: Contact details and links to key central government departments

     

United States:

PLAIN Conference Presentation -- The Progress of Plain Language in the US: A federal perspective

 

Plain Language Action & Information Network -- federal government group of volunteers. Co-hosted the 2005 international PLAIN conference in Washington, D.C.

 

Federal Register -- Plain Language Tools

 

Federal Trade Commission -- How to Write Readable Credit Forms

 

Executive Secretariat, National Institute of Health -- Plain Language Initiative

 

Governor's Office, State of Washington -- Plain Talk

 

Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner, State of Texas -- Plain Language Project

 

USA.gov -- Contact Your Government: Provide comments and feedback to your government

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