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Newcastle Council approves £32 million cut to next year's budget

Newcastle Council has voted to approve a £32m cuts package at a meeting this evening.

The announcement comes as the council faces further reductions to its central government grant. £15m will be stripped from the adult social care budget, which will result in 30 full time social workers losing their jobs.

To try and close the funding gap, councillors have also approved a rise of just under 4% to council tax. For Band D households that will mean an increase of twenty six pounds a year.

Twelve adult day centres to close across Co Durham

Bracken Hill Centre in Peterlee is earmarked for closure. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Councillors in County Durham have agreed to close 12 of their 17 adult day centres, because of falling numbers of people using them and budget cuts.

"Young people are choosing to go to other places within their local community such as theatre, cinema etc and the cost of running these centres is another look at.

We have to save £1.59 million and what we will do is work with people who have been using these services on a one to one basis and offer the support that is required."

– Councillor Lucy Hovvels, Cabinet Member for Adult Services at Durham County Council

The council has said it will offer support to find alternatives for those affected, and will keep five centres open to provide specialist services for people with complex needs.

These five centres will be: Durham Pathways, Pity Me; Spennymoor Pathways, Spennymoor Leisure Centre; Newton Aycliffe Pathways, Aycliffe Leisure Centre; Peterlee Pathways; and Stanley Pathways, Louisa Leisure Centre.

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Fire cuts to be revealed

Tyne and Wear Fire Service is due to make the announcement this morning Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Tyne and Wear Fire Service is due to announce where it will make cuts to save 13 million pounds. It follows a public consultation on proposals to cut 130 firefighters and 6 fire engines and possibly close Gosforth, Wallsend and Sunderland fire stations.

Tyne and Wear firefighters cut by 20%

The number of firefighters in Tyne and Wear is to be cut by 20%. The fire authority has announced 3 options for cuts to the service, all involve 131 job losses, one in five firefighters.

Amongst the plans up for consultation are closures of Sunderland central fire station, Wallsend and Gosforth community fire stations, the removal of six fire appliances and reducing the number of aerial platforms from three to two.

The authority's budget is being cut by £13.6 million from 2012 to 2017.

Council outlines plans for the future

Northumberland County Council Credit: ITV News

Northumberland County Council is lauching another major consultation with people about its plans for the next 15 years.

It's setting out its proposals for the county's future including jobs, housing, services and facilities. It's the second phase of consultation.

The public will have until the end of March to comment.

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