What is plain English?
Plain English is a way of writing and presenting information that helps someone understand it the first time they read or hear it. It involves short clear sentences and using everyday words. It does not involve small print or unnecessary jargon.
Why use plain English?
1. It makes good business sense
Plain English saves you time and money. Clearer information is shown to reduce mistakes and complaints.
2. It’s increasingly a legal matter
Plain English gives people information they understand and enables them to make informed choices.
3. It’s fair
When you use plain English more people can understand your information.
This is important for the one in six people in Ireland who have literacy difficulties.