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Blackburn with Darwen Council's comms team is to take a 35 per cent budget cut, amid overall cuts totalling £28m for the coming year.

The frequency of the council's newspaper The Shuttle is set to be reduced from eight to four issues.

Manchester City Council is to make a bigger cut than originally planned from its corporate comms budget, which will include some job losses.

The corporate comms function had been scheduled to make savings of £490,000. However, the plan is now to make a saving of £1.78m.

New Charter Housing Trust Group has retained Manchester-based PR agency Bird Consultancy for a further year. New Charter comprises four registered housing associations: New Charter Housing Trust Limited; New Charter Homes Limited; Gedling Homes; and Aksa Housing Association.

Greater Manchester Police has revealed that an internet campaign that cost £12 to develop resulted in more than 200,000 page views during the 24-day campaign. The 'Drunken Disorderly Inn' ran during December 2010 as a spoof hotel-style website that attempted to discourage people from spending time in the cells. During the campaign, alcohol-related assaults were reduced by 25 per cent, to 576.

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