Councils told to mind their language

COUNCILS in Devon have been warned against using rubbish" and indecipherable English - and been given a hit list of words and phrases that shouldn't be used.

COUNCILS in Devon have been warned against using "rubbish" and indecipherable English - and been given a hit list of words and phrases that shouldn't be used.The Local Government Association has begun a campaign against meaningless and misleading jargon, and says some words should be avoided so councils can "communicate effectively".The LGA's list includes suggested translations such as 'measuring' instead 'benchmarking'; 'delay' for 'slippage'; 'redundancies' for 'streamlining services' or 'modernisation' and 'buy' for procure.