Banned list of council jargon - now staff face fines

The Local Government Association is asking its staff to pay fines if they use words or phrases on a banned list.

The Association joins Original Software, which let me know earlier this week that it had introduced a fine on staff for using clichés and jargon, either verbally or in writing.

Original Software is collecting the fines for charity, as is the Local Government Association.

The Association and Original Software are urging other companies to fine their staff for offences against plain English, for the benefit of charities.

Please let me know if your company is introducing a fine on jargon and cliches. [email protected]

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