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Kindred shuts Edinburgh office, The Red Consultancy to work on DCSF Youth Alcohol Action Plan.

- Kindred is to close its office in Edinburgh. Two staff have lost their jobs and the agency's director for Scotland, Martin Osler, will now work with the business on an associate basis. Managing director Laura Oliphant said: 'While Kindred's core business remains strong, following a review of our current client base in Scotland we have decided to close our Edinburgh office and move to a more flexible set-up. A consultation period with employees has resulted in the loss of two posts.'

- The Red Consultancy has been selected by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) to lead the PR strand of its campaign strategy as part of its Youth Alcohol Action Plan. The appointment follows a three-way pitch managed by the Central Office of Information. The DCSF campaign will complement existing Department of Health and Home Office campaigns.

- Stockport Council is set to host the UK's first seminar on 'Leadership and leading public sector communications teams' on behalf of LG Communications on Tuesday, 24 November. Top comms professionals will address topics such as leading communications during an economic downturn, the attributes sought from a leader, the need to embrace the wider agenda and proving the worth of communications.

- MPs on the culture, media and sport elect committee in the Commons have accused local councils of producing 'propaganda' publications that could put local newspapers out of business. In a select committee hearing on 27 October, the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham's publication H&F News was dubbed 'council propaganda masquerading as an independent newspaper' by Conservative MP Philip Davies. Hearing evidence from representatives of local authorities, the MPs expressed concern about the effect of council freesheets on privately owned newspapers.

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