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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Durham County Council has announced it will have to save £20m more than it expected. It says cabinet will hear next week that the figure is higher than was reported to members in July.
The additional reductions in grants leave the authority facing an overall required savings target of £222m, by the year 2017.
Newcastle City Council have released a statement following the announcement that the City Pool and Turkish Baths will close to the public.Read the full story ›
Newcastle City Pool & Turkish baths are closing to the public from today (28 March).
Campaigners who have fought to keep it open - following cuts by Newcastle City Council - plan to stage a final 'swim-in'.
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.
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.Read the full story ›