Durham County Council is introducing a fee for drivers of electric cars to use its chargepoints, to try to stop people hogging the spaces.
Until now, charging an electric car has been free, and any electric car can occupy a space as long as it is plugged in, even if it already has a full battery.
From now on, it will cost £1 per visit to use the standard parking sites and £5 to use a rapid charging point at Belmont park and ride.
The relatives of residents at five council-run care homes in County Durham which are due to close say moving them could put their lives at risk.
Pauline Robinson said: "The residents in Newton House are Weardale people, they've never lived anywhere else."
Protestors gathered outside of County Hall in Durham to campaign against the closure of care homes.
Durham People's Assembly and Newtown House campaigners plan to stage a second protest in less than a week over Durham County Council's decision to close the five remaining council run care homes across County Durham.
These pictures are of the main food store in Chester-le-Street for County Durham's food bank. It has 12 tonnes of food which will provide 1,800 people three days food. This only lasts six weeks before stock needs replenishing.
Durham County Council has confirmed it has spent £46,000 supporting food banks over the past two years. The food banks are set up to support people who would be otherwise unable to feed their families.
A protest was held outside the civic centre today, as Durham County councillors voted through a budget which will include £23m of spending cuts.
Kathryne Wray is from People's Assembly Against Austerity:
An anti-cuts protest greeted councillors arriving at Durham Council's headquarters to set the authority's budget for 2014-2015.
Durham County Council are voting on its 2014/2015 budget on with the ruling Labour group proposing a 1.99% council tax rise and £23m of cuts.
Council tax in County Durham will go up for the first time in five years.
Councillors agreed a 1.99% rise at a Cabinet meeting this morning.
The local authority predicts the additional income from council tax will generate £3.29m in 2014/15.
Since 2011, 1500 jobs have been axed at Durham County Council, but councillors vowed to keep further compulsory redundancies to 'an absolute minimum.'
Durham County Council will discuss how to save £110million. Over the past three years, the council has made £113million of government savings. £224million must be cut by 2017.