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Council funding cuts confirmed

Councils across the region were told today the extent of overall cuts to funding for 2014/15.

Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles published the figures which showed an average cut of 2.9% across the country.

A spokesman for Newcastle Council said they were facing an overall cut to spending of 4.6% - more than ten million pounds - but that the news was what they expected.

Middlesbrough Council is facing a reduction of more than 5%.

Funding cuts to both councils are well above the national average.

ITV News Tyne Tees contacted all of our region's councils about the figures but many said it was too early to tell what the cuts meant for them.

Dismay over threat to Co Durham care homes

Moves to axe five council care homes in County Durham have been greeted with dismay along with stark warnings it could seriously damage the health of the 83 residents who would be affected.

More than 150 jobs are also at risk. Council officials say they are being forced to consider the proposals because they have to meet savings targets of more than £200m by 2017.

Gregg Easteal reports.

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Unison "will fight closure of care homes all the way"

The trade union Unison said it would fight the possible closure of five care homes in County Durham "all the way".

We are fearful for our members and for the people living in the care homes. We will fight this all the way.

– Unison

Durham County Council announced yesterday it was considering the future of the homes. It will consult with the public about whether to retain the homes, transfer ownership to external organisations, or close them and move residents elsewhere.

Five care homes in Co Durham threatened with closure

Durham County Council has proposed the closure of five care homes in Co Durham. It will consult with members of the public on whether to retain and make improvements to the homes; close them and move residents to other accommodation; or try to find other organisations to take over the homes.

  • Cheveley House, in Belmont
  • Feryemount, in Ferryhill
  • Grampian House, in Peterlee
  • Mendip House, in Chester-le-Street
  • Newtown House, in Stanhope

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Full Report: Newcastle City Council agrees £100m cuts

The leader of Newcastle council has called on the people of the city to work together after budget cuts of a hundred million pounds were agreed.

Over the past four months there have been angry protests over the scale of the cutbacks proposed by the council.

Despite the opposition, councillors voted late last night to approve the new budget.

Watch the full report from Helen Ford below.

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