Around 200 protesters have gathered in Durham to show their their opposition to the Government's changes to housing benefit.
Demonstrations have been taking place across the country, all timed to start at 1pm.
More top news
Turkish defender Alim Ozturk has become Sunderland's first signing of the summer.
Love Island star Sophie Gradon has died at the age of 32, it has been confirmed.
Boro's first home match sees former boss Garry Monk bring his Birmingham City side to the Riverside on Saturday August 11.