If there’s a point of style that isn’t covered here, check The Guardian. If you think an acronym is well known, please provide evidence that 80% of the UK population will understand and commonly use it. Upper case when referring to the Agile Manifesto and principles and processes, otherwise use lower case. You can also refer to the Oxford Dictionary for Writers and Editors for advice on hyphenation. Evidence can be from search analytics or testing of a representative sample. Never use etc at the end of a list starting with these words. Use EU when you mean EU member states: EU countries, EU businesses, EU consumers, goods exported from the EU, EU VAT numbers. Instead use ‘for example’ or ‘such as’ or ‘like’ or ‘including’ - whichever works best in the specific context. Try using ‘for example’ or ‘such as’ or ‘like’ or ‘including’. Write out in full at first mention, then call it the Commission. If you write content by starting with user needs, you won’t need to use FAQs. Describe what the user might need to do, rather than what government calls a thing. Lower case even when referring to the defence team at the MOD. Lower case except when in the title: the Department of Health and Social Care. Lower case unless part of a title like Edexcel L2 Diploma in IT. Upper case. Upper case in titles: Spencer Tracy, Director, GDS.
Upper case for the Earth, Planet Earth and Earth sciences, with lower case for ‘the’. If that isn’t possible, use an alternative such as ‘meaning’ or ‘that is’. Lower case unless the full name of the foundation trust is being used: Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. You can make a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, but not a request under the FOI Act. You can use a capital for a shortened version of a specific area or region if it’s commonly known by that name, like the Pole for the North Pole. Always lower case unless it’s part of a proper title: so upper case for the Judicial Executive Board, but lower case for the DFT’s management board. Use headings or bullets instead if you want to emphasise particular words or sections. Lower case except where it’s a title with the holder’s name, like Chief Constable Andrew Trotter. Upper case, but generic references to tax credits are lower case. Acronym should come first as it’s more widely known than the full name. When adding bank details in content about paying a government body: See Words to avoid One word, lower case. Always lower case for team and generic names like research team, youth offending team. A ‘blog’ is the site on which a blog post is published. Upper case because it’s the name of an organisation.