A report by the End Child Poverty Coalition suggests small growth in benefits could push families deeper into poverty.
Unemployment Up By 7,000 In The North East
New figures show unemployment's up in the North East by 7,000 in the quarter to June.
According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), a total of 103,000 people were unemployed in the region between April and June.
The region's unemployment rate was 8.1% and saw an increase of 7.3% during the period.
Nationwide, unemployment increased for the second month in a row, reaching 1.85 million.
The jobless total went up by 25,000 in the quarter, the first time there have been two consecutive rises for two years.
An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Leonne Weeks, 16, who was found dead on a path in Rotherham.
Two men have been arrested after a gun was fired in the Hylton Road Post Office on Monday
A family home's been broken into and badly vandalised in County Durham
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