Bullet points

We use bullet points in 2 different ways.

As a list within the text

Use bullet points to make text easier to read. Make sure that:

  • you always use a lead-in line
  • always use a space between the lead-in line and the bullet points
  • the bullets make sense running on from the lead-in line
  • each bullet is short (no more than 1 sentence)
  • you use lower case at the start of the bullet, unless it starts with a proper noun
  • you don’t use full stops within bullet points – where possible start another bullet point or use commas, dashes or semicolons to expand
  • you don’t put “or”, “and” after the bullets
  • there is no punctuation at the end of bullet points
  • if you add links they appear within the text and not as the whole bullet
  • there is no full stop after the last bullet point

Your list should have at least 3 bullet points. If you have fewer, rewrite your content as individual sentences or paragraphs.

For bullet points following a heading

There is no lead-in line and the bullet points follow on directly from a heading or subheading. Each bullet point:

  • starts with a capital letter
  • finishes with a full stop
  • is short (no more than 1 sentence)

Main points

  • There were 240,854 marriages in 2013, a decrease of 8.6% compared with 2012 and the first decline since 2009.
  • Civil ceremonies accounted for 72% of all marriages in 2013.