With the Government set to announce how much money Birmingham City Council will receive next year, city MPs have written to Chancellor Philip Hammond calling for a better deal. It comes after the council announced Council Tax was set to rocket by almost five per cent next year – adding almost £70-a-year to the bill for the average family home. The increase will add to £71.90 to a Band D property in the city, where the current bill is £1,438.
Councillor Robert Alden, representing Erdington, leads the Conservative opposition on Birmingham City Council. Both his father, former Lord Mayor John Alden and mother Deidre, are Birmingham City Council stalwarts. Mr Alden was unopposed when he became leader of the city's Conservatives in 2014, after spending two years as deputy leader. He unsuccessfully challenged Jack Dromey for his Erdington parliamentary seat in the 2015 General Election, but polled close to 11,000 votes.
A campaign has been launched to ensure women hit by increases to the state pension age get free travel on buses and other public transportMPs have written to West Midlands mayor Andy Street demanding that the so-called WASPI women get free access to public transport. It would affect an estimated 30,000 women in Birmingham alone. MPs say free travel wouldn't make up for the delay in receiving their pensions, but it would provide some help.
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".