The opposition leader on Newcastle Council says it is time to move on after months of argument over the city's budget cuts.
The proposals to save £100 million over three years sparked criticism of the ruling Labour group.
Now councillors have approved the budget and Cllr David Faulker says it is time to look to the future.
Controversial cuts to arts funding and libraries have been passed by Newcastle City Council.
Sunderland City Council have announced their budget for 2013/2014 and have agreed on measures to save 37 million pounds in the coming year.