Sunderland City Council is due to meet to vote on its budget for the coming financial year, which includes £35m of savings. The council said the cuts would have an impact on services. It will also approve a freeze on council tax for the fourth year in a row.
A protest was held outside the civic centre today, as Durham County councillors voted through a budget which will include £23m of spending cuts.
Kathryne Wray is from People's Assembly Against Austerity:
"The Government sets the general direction on spending and has been very clear since 2010 that they would make large public sector funding cuts.
They set the level of funding that we receive and we have to operate within our budget. If we didn’t, it would not be a legal budget and decision-making would be taken away from local people and their elected representatives.
The majority of savings we are making this year are coming from back office functions and we continue to try to safeguard frontline services as much as possible.”
An anti-cuts protest greeted councillors arriving at Durham Council's headquarters to set the authority's budget for 2014-2015.
Durham County Council are voting on its 2014/2015 budget on with the ruling Labour group proposing a 1.99% council tax rise and £23m of cuts.
North Yorkshire county councilor are meeting now to consider cutting up to two million pounds in subsidy for buses .Protesters attending the meeting at County Hall in Northallerton say the cuts will leave many residents, particularly the elderly , in rural areas isolated .
There are concerns that cuts to bus services in North Yorkshire could leave some residents isolated. Councillors are meeting today to discuss subsidy reductions of up to £2 million as they try to balance the books.
Northumberland County Council faces the prospect of having to cut spending by £130m over the next four years.
It comes after Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles published new figures as part of the Local Government Finances Settlement announced today.
Councils face an average cut of 2.9% across the country.
Some authorities in the North East will see their budgets cut by an even bigger proportion.
“Local government is facing unprecedented financial pressure as the Government focusses its public sector expenditure reduction upon councils. The provisional settlement confirms the government’s intention to significantly reduce grant funding, which will unfortunately adversely impact upon local service delivery. The council faces the prospect of having to cut £130 million over the next four years, with cuts of around £32 million next year_.”
Councils across the region were told today the extent of overall cuts to funding for 2014/15.
Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles published the figures which showed an average cut of 2.9% across the country.
A spokesman for Newcastle Council said they were facing an overall cut to spending of 4.6% - more than ten million pounds - but that the news was what they expected.
Middlesbrough Council is facing a reduction of more than 5%.
Funding cuts to both councils are well above the national average.
ITV News Tyne Tees contacted all of our region's councils about the figures but many said it was too early to tell what the cuts meant for them.
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.