Plain English Service

Plain English is about communicating clearly, without using unnecessary jargon. When writing in plain English, we keep it simple and to the point. We don’t use words that are unnecessarily complex if there is a simpler way to say it.

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We translate any information we get into Plain English before turning it into Easy Read. 

We do offer Plain English translation as a standalone service. This service will give you a summary of up to 2000 words of your document.

Plain English examples

Our step-by-step for creating your Plain English

The time it takes to translate your document into Plain English will depend on how large it is. Most documents we do take between one and four weeks as they go through several reviews and iterations.

  1. We go through the document and change the way it is written to align with Plain English principles. We will send you this draft.
  2. The draft document will be amended and reviewed by our Checking Team to make sure it makes sense. We will send you this draft.
  3. The document is then amended based on your feedback. This is repeated until it is signed off.
  4. Once the final draft is signed off, a Word document, a web-accessible and print-ready PDF will be exported and sent to you.

How much does our Plain English Service cost?

Translating information into Plain English can take a lot of time as there are a lot of steps to go through.

We quote the cost of translating based on the amount of time we take to complete the work. We look at the word count and complexity of the information. We may have to summarise the information if it is a large document. 

We will review your document and quote you on how much time it will take to create. 

We charge £35 per hour and as we are a charity you do not need to pay VAT.

Here are examples of how we may cost your work:

500-word document – Up to 6 hours of work charged at £35 per hour. It could be less if the information is not very complex. 

1000-word document – Up to 12 hours of work charged at £35 per hour. It could be less if the information is not very complex.

2000-word document – Up to 24 hours of work charged at £35 per hour. It could be less if the information is not very complex.

Over 2000-word document – We will summarise the document. This may take between 24-36 hours of work charged at £35 per hour.

We are always happy to receive requests, so please contact us if you need your information checked by our team: info@aceanglia.com

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