Over the last few weeks we have heard about major cuts in services across the North East.
They have been thrown into sharp focus this week by the announcement that the famous City Pool in Newcastle may have to close.
But the city council would appear to have a fight on its hands over that. Watch the full reprot here:
More top news
A decision will be announced on the fate of three GP surgeries in Hartlepool later.
The UK only managed to rank 20th on the World Economic Forum's (WEF) index of nations - a slide from 9th position in 2006.
"Last season is fading from view in the rear-view mirror with bright skies ahead for the rest of the season."