The Government has announced a further cut to local authority budgets next year. They describe the 1 point 8 per cent reduction overall as a fair settlement in tough times.
But some councils in the East Midlands are furious saying they're already on the brink and that the cuts will hit the most vulnerable.
The Local Government Association claims that once inflation is taken into account the loss in funding is more than 8 per cent for each council. So who's right?
Our Political Correspondent Alison Mackenzie sent this report from Westminster.
Electricity substation incident in Hinckley. 200m cordon and two appliances from @lfrshinckley on standby while elec board isolate electrics
Firefighters have been called to a fire at an electricity sub-station in Hinckley.
It's reported people living nearby heard a loud bang before a plume of smoke rose into the air this afternoon at Middlefield Lane.
There is currently a 200 metre cordon in place while firefighters wait for the electricity board to isolate electrics.
Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal visited a bag manufacturer in Leicester today in her role as the President of the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT).
Princess Anne was given a tour of the Zatchels factory in Charter Street in Leicester.
The firm was established in 2011 and now employs 65 people, making leather bags which are sold in the United States, the Far East and Europe.
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East Midlands Ambulance Service bosses are urging people to only call 999 in real emergencies.
They say some of the calls they've taken haven't been real life-threatening emergencies - with calls on some occasions including stomach complaints, knee pains and nose bleeds.
It comes after the control centre at the Trust's headquarters received 3,032 calls on Saturday - that's higher than last new year's day (2,949).
The great Christmas getaway starts today with many famlies heading overseas and others arriving in the UK to visit relatives here at home.
East Midlands Airport is expecting more than 115,000 passengers over the Christmas period between today and the 5th of January.
People are being asked not to launch Chinese paper lanterns over the festive period.
Fire services across the region say although they are not illegal they can cause extensive fire damage.
They also pose a danger to the environment, wildlife and farm animals.
East Midland Ambulance Service says its dealing with unprecedented numbers of 999 calls as the party season gets into full swing.
Last Saturday more than 3,000 calls were received from people asking for help. That's higher than on News Year's Eve - normally the busiest night of the year.
The advice is only to use the number in real emergencies.