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Engineers told to stop using jargon

Local authority engineers speaking gobbledegook have been censured by the Local Government Association which has published a list of the jargon they should stop using.
In future, engineers should stop talking about "frameworks" representing a "step change" and "good practice", says the LGA.

In a bid to finally banish the opaque New Labour terminology that has haunted the country's town halls for the last 10 years, the LGA has pleaded with engineers and other public sector workers to refrain from "fast tracking" schemes to increase "output".

And new "pathfinder" "initiatives" that are "transparent" and include a "menu of options", show "income streams" and "communicate a core message" will be frowned upon as will "initiatives" that are "multi disciplinary" and include input from all "stakeholders" to "incentivise" them to create a more "sustainable" community.

"Community engagement" that creates a "level playing field" and leads to the delivery of "improvement levers" and "social contracts" will only add to the English public's sense of bewilderment, says the LGA.

The LGA's plain English vocabulary for engineers would transform an "outcome" into a "result", an "initiative" into a "plan", a "menu of options" into "choices", "income stream" into "cash", "stakeholders" into "people" and a "slippage" into a "delay".

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