The leader of Newcastle council has called on the people of the city to work together after budget cuts of a hundred million pounds were agreed.
Over the past four months there have been angry protests over the scale of the cutbacks proposed by the council.
Despite the opposition, councillors voted late last night to approve the new budget.
Watch the full report from Helen Ford below.
The opposition leader on Newcastle Council says it is time to move on after months of argument over the city's budget cuts.
The proposals to save £100 million over three years sparked criticism of the ruling Labour group.
Now councillors have approved the budget and Cllr David Faulker says it is time to look to the future.
Newcastle city councillors have approved a package of cuts which will save £100m over the next three years.
The savings were agreed after a highly charged debate which lasted almost five hours.
Protests took place outside the Civic Centre before the meeting of the full council.
Such was the interest in the debate that a room was set aside, complete with a large screen, for people to watch proceedings in the council chamber.
Ten amendments to the budget were put forward by the opposition Liberal Democrats but they were defeated.
The cutbacks will include the closure of the city pool and some libraries. Two respite centres, which were originally under threat, were granted a temporary reprieve last month after consultations with local people.
After the meeting, we spoke to the council leader Nick Forbes:
Final council budget talks are being held at Newcastle City Council to discuss proposed budget cuts.
Sunderland City Council agreed on and announced its budget plans for 2013/2014 earlier today.
Watch the full report from Helen Ford below
People are sitting down to watch the final council meeting about proposed budget cuts on a large screen at Newcastle Civic Centre.
Protesters are gathering outside of Newcastle Civic Centre ahead of the final budget talks taking place at Newcastle City Council tonight.
The Culture Secretary Ed Vaizey told ITV News he thinks it is "shortsighted" that Newcastle and Gateshead are making cuts to their cultural funding when they have created a good reputation for being cultural areas.
Politicians have spoken out about the proposed cuts. Here is a selection of views
– Cllr Nick Forbes, Leader Newcastle City Council
The scale and unfair nature of the Government cuts that the council is facing is eye watering. That is why we have set out to be open and honest about what the Government’s austerity programme means in practice, and why we are looking three years ahead at the impact of the cuts we will have to implement.
– Cllr Paul Watson, Leader Sunderland City Council
What we can say is that it is no surprise to me that having faced three years of cuts so far, that this Government continues to ignore the needs of Sunderland and its communities by further cuts to budgets that pay for vital services.
Cllr David Faulkner, leader of the Lib Dem Group, on Newcastle City Council says the council has "united a city against their decisions" and questioned how they can ignore thousands of people who had signed petitions and carry on shutting facilities.
Leader of the opposition Conservative group in Sunderland meanwhile, Robert Oliver, says the Government settlement for the city is four times more than local authorities in prosperous areas.