BT’s plans to reduce its pension deficit by cutting the benefits it pays to its members has been rejected by the High Court. The decision is good news for 84,000 former and existing BT employees that joined the telecoms firm after it was privatised in 1984. BT had wanted to reduce its £14 billion pension deficit by changing the inflation measure its benefits are linked to from the retail prices index (RPI) measure of inflation to the consumer prices index (CPI).
The issue was highlighted by a recent Channel 4 Dispatches programme focusing on claims that care home fees could be avoided by placing homes in trust. Trusts can enable older people to pass ownership of their property to loved ones – such as their children – without giving up their right to carry on living in it. Should they later need residential care, the property would no longer be included in the local authority’s means test because even though they still live there, it is not legally theirs.
Retirees are being urged to seek legal advice before placing their homes into trust to spare care home fees. The issue was highlighted by a recent Channel 4 Dispatches programme focusing on claims that care home fees could be avoided by placing homes in trust. Trusts can enable older people to pass ownership of their property to loved ones – such as their children – without giving up their right to carry on living in it.
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".