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Tameside Hospital NHS Trust is seeking an agency to promote the body for an initial 12 months, with the option to extend this to a further 36 months. The brief is worth between £50,000 and £60,000. The deadline for approaches from PR agencies is 11 April.

Strathclyde Fire & Rescue is on the hunt for an agency to provide PR services to help promote its home fire safety messages. Corporate comms manager Mel Groundsell said the appointment resulted from the downgrading of an internal comms role and so would result in less money being spent on PR overall.

Suffolk County Council's chief executive Andrea Hill has hit back at the media with a 1,800-word statement carried in the council's monthly magazine. Hill has been attacked by local and national media for her spending of public money on foreign travel, personal photographs, leadership coaching, overnight hotel stays and the level of her salary.

Merseyside Police Authority is set to make cuts to its comms and marketing department as it faces a £61.4m black hole in its budget over the next four years. There is currently a recruitment freeze at Merseyside so those officers leaving will not be replaced.

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