Today, Money Mail reveals how insurers can give savers back the cash they invested in annuities. More than five million pensioners are currently blocked from cashing in their pots because they were sold lifetime contracts. Last week, we disclosed that major insurers, including Prudential, Scottish Widows and Legal & General, were investigating ways to let pensioners exchange their small monthly annuity incomes for one-off cash lump sums.
Major pension companies are investigating ways to let savers cash in their small annuities, Money Mail can reveal today. Following our hard-hitting campaign, several firms have launched reviews that could give an instant cash boost to thousands of pensioners. Late last year, the Government disappointed five million retirees by cancelling plans to let them sell their annuities, which pay a regular monthly income, for lump sums.
Controversial plans to close dozens of tax offices will not save as much money as predicted and could lead to poorer customer services, MPs have warned. The public accounts committee attacked plans to replace 170 tax offices with 13 regional 'hubs' in city centres such as Leeds, Cardiff, London and Glasgow. HM Revenue & Customs had claimed the move would save £300million by 2025 and £80million a year after that.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".