Plain language supports access to information, equity, and participation in society. It also improves efficiency and builds brand trust.
We’ve spent 30 years working with organisations to get better outcomes for the people they serve.
Writing in plain language means your intended reader can read something once, understand it, and act on the information.
Plain language supports equity, accessibility, and inclusion. It builds trust and customer satisfaction. And plain language saves time and money.
The Plain Language Bill is a private member’s Bill being considered by the New Zealand Parliament. If it becomes law, it will require all government agencies to communicate in plain language.
The International Plain Language Federation is developing an international plain language standard.
We believe that plain language is a vehicle to bring greater equality and access to justice in society. At Write, we’ve spent almost 30 years actively working towards that goal, and we’ve seen many examples of just the opposite!
This is our first venture into examining the language of important documents that affect ordinary people.
Our first white paper analyses the language used in payday loan contracts. In Help or Harm? we uncover just how hard it is for people needing payday loans to understand what they’re signing up to. We also share pointers for consumers, and tips for writers.
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If passed into law, the Plain Language Bill will legally require plain language writing in all official documents and websites. The law will apply to the New Zealand Government, including all its public service agencies and reporting agencies.
We wholeheartedly support the Plain Language Bill. We believe that the Bill will:
The Bill is now in the Select Committee stage, and submissions have closed. The Select Committee will gather information and prepare a report on the Bill for the House, including recommending changes to the Bill.
Nelson MP Rachel Boyack is supporting the Plain Language Bill.
You can read her speech introducing the Bill on the Parliament website
Contact your local MP. Find yours on the Parliament website