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Plain Language Commission . Clear English Standard

Clear English Standard


The symbols of clarity
for print and web documents

Plain Language Commission

The Castle

29 Stoneheads

Whaley Bridge

High Peak

Derbyshire SK23 7BB



Phone: +44 (0) 1663 733177


Plain-English editing and
writing-skills training:
helping you clarify your web and printed communications

We provide:

We work for all kinds of organizations – government departments, financial services companies, registered social landlords, regulators, ombudsmen, local authorities, pension schemes, hospital trusts, utilities, telecom companies and international law firms. They like what we offer – a business-class service delivered by published authors and editors at a reasonable cost.

The company is managed by Martin Cutts, author of Lucid Law, the Plain English Lexicon and the Oxford Guide to Plain English. 

You can sign up for Pikestaff, our occasional newsletter, free of charge through our ‘Publications’ page and download back issues there. 

We support Clarity, the international body promoting plain legal language; and PLAIN (Plain Language Association INternational), a body of professionals who advocate clear public information.

Plain Language Commission is independent of the UK Government. 

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