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 ›
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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 ›
Paul Gilroy from Unison says there is always an alternative to job cuts.
Council Leader says Newcastle is treated unfairly when it comes to making cuts.
Newcastle City Council's announced spending cuts of 30 million pounds - which will mean 360 job losses. The local authority set out its latest budget at a full council meeting last night. The council claims it will protect front line services where possible.
Public sector unions say they'll fight compulsory redundancies. All councils are implementing the Government's 2010 spending review which will see local authority spending reduced by more than a quarter by 2015.