The Citizens Advice Bureau has offered the following hints and tips for dealing with debt problems.
North Yorkshire Police say that a u-turn on proposals to build new headquarters near Thirsk will save the tax-payer millions of pounds.
The Bishop of Durham is encouraging people to attend meetings about food banks at Churches across South Shields.
The news that average rail fares could increase by around 3.5% next year sparked anger but also understanding among passengers in the region. Unions claim costs are rising too quickly for people, while the government says extra money is used to improve services.
Transport Minister Claire Perry says that, while the expected 3.5% increase could yet change, any extra money raised from fares goes back into continually improving the service:
Mickey Thompson, from the RMT Union, claims that a rise in rail fares would be unjust to passengers:
Rail travel is being pushed "out the reach of some ordinary people" by fare increases, the head of a public transport advocacy group said.
Stephen Joseph, executive director of the Campaign for Better Transport, told Good Morning Britain that Government-dictated ticket price hikes mean rail fares are rising four times faster than wages.
Commuters will find out how much rail fares are likely to rise by next year when the Retail Price Index (RPI) for last month is released today.
The annual increase is capped at July's RPI plus 1%, with an extra 2% added to some tickets.
The RMT union, which campaigns for the railways to return to public ownership, has said that next year's fare rise is a "kick in the teeth" for rail passengers.
– Mick Cash, RMT Acting General Secretary
With the “flex” rule passengers are facing fare increases of up to 5.5% at a time when wages are stagnating. People will simply be priced off the railways while the greedy train operating companies are laughing all the way to the bank. This is a kick in the teeth for the millions of British people who use our trains ... With Northern Rail already axing off-peak tickets, with others set to follow, we are once again ratcheting up the highest rail fares in Europe to travel on some of the most clapped-out and overcrowded services ...
"We're a victim of our success" Michael Roberts, Director General of the Rail Delivery Group, representing train operators and Network Rail, said.
Mr Roberts told Good Morning Britain that the UK's trains are so busy because they are affordable, refuting claims that fare hikes are pricing people out of rail travel.
Rail passengers will see the average price of their tickets increase by 3.5% from January, according to figures out today.
Tens of thousands of children in the North East have been hit by a family debt crisis, according to figures released today.
The Children's Society and the StepChange Debt Charity found 45,000 families in the region - 14% of the total - are failing to keep up with household bills and loan repayments.
This would mean an estimated 75,000 children in the North East are growing up in families troubled by problem debt.