6:45 pm, Wed 20 Mar 2013
The Chancellor has asked public sector workers to bear more pain for another year to help businesses and home-buyers get the economy going.
Thousands of civil service workers went on strike across the region as George Osborne announced a pay cap and more spending cuts in most departments.
However, he said the money would be used to create an 'aspiration nation'.
You can watch the full report from Dan Ashby below.
2:40 pm, Wed 20 Mar 2013
The Communities and Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles said he had seen "longer chip shop queues" than the number of staff protesting on the picket line today:
1:37 pm, Wed 20 Mar 2013
Strikers in Newcastle say they are 'absolutely disgusted' at the pay freezes they have experienced.
1:18 pm, Wed 20 Mar 2013
Protestors striking in Newcastle say they feel under attack, and that they are due a pay increase.
1:15 pm, Wed 20 Mar 2013
Grey's Monument in Newcastle
Strikers gathered at Grey's Monument in Newcastle, angry about pay and pensions. Thousands of other civil service workers across the North East are also on strike. The protest coincides with this year's Budget. Several protests are planned over the next few months.
Strikers in Newcastle
11:22 am, Wed 20 Mar 2013
Kevin McHugh, Deputy President of the Public and Commercial Services Union explains why his members are striking. The PCSU is the UKs largest civil service union with 250,000 members.
8:55 am, Wed 20 Mar 2013
PCS Union members stage a strike in Sunderland
Credit: ITV News
Workers in Sunderland have begun industrial action over pay and pensions. The strikes coincides with George Osborne's latest Budget.