There was incredible pressure on the chancellor Philip Hammond to act on Universal Credit in this week’s Budget. As the roll-out continues there have been first-hand accounts of the hardship and poverty being caused by the deliberate six-week wait for the first payment . There have been horror stories about the new claimants now left with no cash at all before Christmas . There has even been a warning that poor mothers are being denied free milk for their babies under the roll-out.
It was such a jocular and cheery Budget that it was almost easy to forget the many spending and deficit pressures facing the Chancellor. Philip Hammond laughed and joked, and there were even props – with the PM pulling out a packet of cough sweets just in case. But you probably don’t particularly care about the Chancellor’s delivery or his remarkable calm in the face of pressure from the Tory back benches.
It sounds like the customer is finally being put first. At least it did initially. British Gas is to abolish its standard variable tariff (SVT) for new customers as part of its pledge to encourage them to shop around for the best energy deal. Customers who come to the end of their deals with the energy giant will no longer be shunted over to an SVT when their better value tariffs end. Instead, they will be moved to a default tariff and encouraged to switch to a better priced deal.
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 Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
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, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
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".