Britain has fallen back into recession. More cuts to come in the North East.Read the full story ›
Newcastle Council says it's dealing with Government cuts by trying to offer its own commercial services to the public to make money.
It says there is a place for full private contracts, but that it is looking at voluntary partnerships and its own business ventures as "another way".
Northumberland County Council says its goal is to safeguard jobs.
“We are simply having informal discussions with a range of potential partners on how we can deliver services more efficiently...but we need to be clear that this is only one of many options we are considering."
Northumberland County Council has sent out hundreds of letters to its staff and councillors to begin discussions on whether to allow more private companies to run its services.
The council has to save another £70m over the next three to four years.
Northern MPs line up to criticise the government's financial decisions in a debate about the state of the regional economy.Read the full story ›
Twitter reaction to the Westminster debate on the future of North East's Economy following the budgetRead the full story ›
MPs will discuss how the government's financial decisions are affecting the North East economy. Gerry Foley looks ahead to the debate.Read the full story ›
MPs at Westminster will discuss how the government's financial decisions are affecting the North East. The special 90-minute debate will be led by the Gateshead MP Ian Mearns, who will be joined by some of his Northern colleagues.
Newcastle City Council's announced spending cuts of 30 million pounds - which will mean 360 job losses.Read the full story ›