Public Sector: LGA hits out at council jargon

The Local Government Association (LGA) is responding to the meaningless jargon often used in council press materials by publishing a set of 100 words that it is advising public sector bodies to avoid.

The list of words includes such press release mainstays as 'facilitate', 'good practice', 'multi-agency' and 'stakeholder'. Other vetoed words include 'transparency' and 'incentivising'.

LGA chairman Sir Simon Milton said: 'Why do we have "coterminous" or "stakeholder engagement" when we could just "talk to people" instead? Without explaining what a council does in real English, people will fail to understand its relevance or why they should bother to turn out and vote.'

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