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.
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:
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.