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."
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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The FBU has condemned the approval of 5 million pound cuts to Tyne & Wear Fire Brigade. At a meeting of the brigade's Fire Authority, councillors approved the option. It's a response to the reduction in the amount of government money the authority receives.
The Fire Brigades Union has branded the decision to approve cuts to Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue service as 'criminal' and says it will ballot members on possible strike action. The green light was given at a Fire Authority meeting this lunchtime after a number of options were explored.
A series of money saving cuts to Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service have been given the green light. It will mean the loss of 131 front line posts, a reduction of 6 engines, the closure of 3 stations in Sunderland, Gosforth and Wallsend.
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.
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.
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.
From April, 50,000 council and housing association tenants will lose a percentage of their housing benefit, if they have a spare room in their house. It is designed to free up bigger houses for the families who need them - but in many areas, a shortage of smaller homes means moving is not an option.
The Mayor of Middlesbrough, Ray Mallon, has attacked the government over public sector cuts. The council has been asked to save £72m over five years. Mallon says the reductions will have a devastating effect on the town.