Have the cuts been good for culture? Many places across the BBC Tees area have seen funding for the arts reduced, prompting communities to run services themselves. Ali will be asking if austerity has benefited the arts by creating greater local pride in our cherished cultural institutions.
Ali hears about the upcoming council elections in North Yorkshire and Durham.
Ahead of this weekend’s Grand National, Ali will be asking a local bookie the secret to picking a winning horse.