The leader of Newcastle City Council said he needs 'no convincing' of the value of Sure Start children's centres, but reiterated that cuts must be made to balance the books next year.
Cllr Nick Forbes directed criticism over the proposed closures of two-thirds of the centres in the city towards central government.
The local authority must save £40m in government enforced cuts.
Unions are campaigning against the proposed closure of Sure Start centres in Newcastle.
The council say government cuts are forcing them to consider closing children's centres across the city.
Ed Whitby, from Unison, is urging councillors to think again.
Parents who are angry at proposed cuts to childcare and support services in some of Newcastle's most deprived areas have been taking part in a 'protest picnic'.
Newcastle Council say it may be forced to close two-thirds of the 20 Sure Start centres.
The leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Forbes, said it was "fantastic" that gay and lesbian couples can now marry. The change in the law legalising marriage for same-sex couples came into effect in England and Wales at midnight.
Councils across the region were told today the extent of overall cuts to funding for 2014/15.
Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles published the figures which showed an average cut of 2.9% across the country.
A spokesman for Newcastle Council said they were facing an overall cut to spending of 4.6% - more than ten million pounds - but that the news was what they expected.
Middlesbrough Council is facing a reduction of more than 5%.
Funding cuts to both councils are well above the national average.
ITV News Tyne Tees contacted all of our region's councils about the figures but many said it was too early to tell what the cuts meant for them.
Newcastle City Council says that its pension fund does invest in the payday loan company Wonga, but it has no control over it.
It added that the council has voiced its dislike that the pension fund invests in companies which it believes 'harms the city'.
One of the region's biggest employers has launched a new initiative to offer more support to staff suffering at the hands of an abuser.
Newcastle City Council is training managers to recognise the signs among their colleagues and provide practical help at a traumatic time.
Helen Ford reports.
Fiona Bowman, domestic abuse campaigner.
Newcastle City Council has launched a strategy to support staff who are suffering domestic abuse.
The council wants its managers to recognise the problem among colleagues and offer help. It is estimated that one in 10 working people suffers abuse.
The aim is to make the workplace a safe haven from violence suffered at home.
A contract will be signed later today between Newcastle City Council and the broadband provider BT.
The partnership is aiming to provide super fast broadband across the city.