Newcastle City Council have released a statement following the announcement that the City Pool and Turkish Baths will close to the public.
Controversial cuts to arts funding and libraries have been passed by Newcastle City Council.
Sunderland City Council have announced their budget for 2013/2014 and have agreed on measures to save 37 million pounds in the coming year.
Moves to axe five council care homes in County Durham have been greeted with dismay along with stark warnings it could seriously damage the health of the 83 residents who would be affected.
More than 150 jobs are also at risk. Council officials say they are being forced to consider the proposals because they have to meet savings targets of more than £200m by 2017.
Gregg Easteal reports.
The trade union Unison said it would fight the possible closure of five care homes in County Durham "all the way".
We are fearful for our members and for the people living in the care homes. We will fight this all the way.
Durham County Council announced yesterday it was considering the future of the homes. It will consult with the public about whether to retain the homes, transfer ownership to external organisations, or close them and move residents elsewhere.
Durham County Council has proposed the closure of five care homes in Co Durham. It will consult with members of the public on whether to retain and make improvements to the homes; close them and move residents to other accommodation; or try to find other organisations to take over the homes.
- Cheveley House, in Belmont
- Feryemount, in Ferryhill
- Grampian House, in Peterlee
- Mendip House, in Chester-le-Street
- Newtown House, in Stanhope
Durham County Council has announced it will have to save £20m more than it expected. It says cabinet will hear next week that the figure is higher than was reported to members in July.
The additional reductions in grants leave the authority facing an overall required savings target of £222m, by the year 2017.
Newcastle City Pool & Turkish baths are closing to the public from today (28 March).
Campaigners who have fought to keep it open - following cuts by Newcastle City Council - plan to stage a final 'swim-in'.
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: