A march in Gateshead is taking place to protest against cuts to the council's budget this afternoon, February 7.
Organisers the Public Services Alliance are calling for protection of public sector jobs and better protection of threatened services including libraries, leisure centres, older people's services and mental health services.
Gateshead Council's leader Mick Henry is required to make £46m worth of savings over the next two years.
There will be speeches from Labour politicians, Dave Anderson MP for Blaydon, Stephen Hepburn MP for Jarrow and Ian Mearns MP for Gateshead.
This is the first march against cuts in Gateshead.
Millions of pounds worth of savings are set to be confirmed by Darlington Borough Council later today.
The budget for the next six years is to be confirmed which includes a series of price increases for public services and nearly a two percent rise in council tax.
The Head of Steam museum is also set to close.
Northumbria Police says more than four hundred staff jobs will go - including two hundred police officers - and a number of stations are to close. It's part of a bid to save nearly fifty million pounds after cuts to its budget. The force insists public safety wont be affected. Dan Ashby reports.
The government could be risking people's lives if it doesn't protect fire prevention schemes from cuts, the firefighters' union warned today.
It follows a report by the Local Government Association, which says our fire services may have to cut their spending by a third within the next few years.
Ministers say frontline services will be protected, but there are fears for the other work that firefighters do, as Ben Chapman reports.
You can watch his full report below.
The Fire Minister Brandon Lewis has released a statement after a report by the Local Government Association said that community safety schemes, like fitting free smoke alarms, could could come under threat if proposed budget cuts are implemented to fire brigades.
Budget cuts will leave the region's fire services unable to spend time preventing house fires, and could put lives in danger, according to the firefighters' union.
A report by the Local Government Association says fire brigades across the country will have to cut their spending by a third within the next five years.
The report also says community safety schemes, like fitting free smoke alarms, could could come under threat if proposed budget cuts are implemented.
Pete Wilcox, from the Fire Brigades Unions, spoke to ITV News about the effect that the cuts could have.
The Local Government Association is warning that vital community services could be at risk because of cuts to regional fire service budgets in England.
The Association say that the proposed cuts could mean that less money will be available for work such as testing smoke alarms and providing safety advice.
Today marks the end of a Public Consultation on budget cuts in Middlesbrough.
Mayor Ray Mallon has outlined his proposals to save around 13 million pounds, which could see up to 220 job losses.
Five petitions containing more than 2,500 signatures have been presented to the council.