Natalie Joyce from County Durham is like many people caught up in the economic climate. Her company is in administration, her wages are not being paid on time, and she's found herself unable to pay council tax and other bills.
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An event is taking to place to remember the 107 people who died when a World War II bomb hit a North Shields air raid shelter.
Thousands of primary school pupils in the North East are expected to be absent today, as parents pull them out to protest against SATs.
Kerrie Gosney brings you Monday night's forecast