The controversial so-called Bedroom Tax has come in to force.
Under the new scheme, residents in social housing with one spare bedroom will have their housing benefit cut by 14%, while those with two or more unoccupied rooms will see it reduced by 25%.
Protests against the measures have been taking place across the region.
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Major routes were brought to a standstill, homes were left without power and more than a hundred schools were forced to close due to snow.
Ben Stokes is due to appear in court on an affray charge on the same day he would be making his international return.
It's causing chaos on the region's roads but the snow has created some stunning landscapes across the North East.