GCS style guide

Communication is at the heart of everything government does and this style guide will help us all in serving the government of the day and delivering effective public services.

Whether we are asking people to do something, change their behaviour or respond, we should write simply, as clearly as possible and in plain English to be easily understood.

This style guide from the Government Communication Service is for all civil servants, not just comms professionals. It is a guide to writing clear, concise and consistent English and it will act as an aid in all our internal and external drafting. Many departments have their own style guides and this cross-Civil Service Style Guide will complement them not replace them.

The guide is not exhaustive, and the team welcomes your views and comments. If there are aspects of English not covered by the guide that cause you or others a problem, let us know about them at this address: cswebsite@cabinetoffice.gov.uk. We will consider them and amend and update the guide, as necessary.

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