Impossible choices in Newcastle, warnings about police services in Durham – and a few bob extra for schools in Northumberland and Durham. Yesterday was a day to anxiously count the money in the North East.
It is sometimes hard to know how dire the situation is. After all, councils, police forces and education authorities have always complained about the settlement they receive from central government – and always will. Some have in the past been guilty of crying wolf.
It has felt rather different these last few years. The cuts have hurt, the outrage by the politicians has been more than simply synthetic.
We are told that there is more of this to come – possibly several more years. We are also told that it is necessary, and maybe it is.
But some of what is being lost will never be regained. And the landscape will be changed forever.