If you head to the petrol station to fill up your car you might be lulled into thinking things are starting to move the right way. Diesel prices have dropped. Not a lot, but they have taken a small step in the right direction as far as motorists are concerned.
But look elsewhere and that false dawn is quickly eclipsed as an avalanche of increases continues to wipe out family finances, and at an increasing speed.
Almost 40,000 households across Northern Ireland are in rent arrears with the Housing Executive. And that number is rising all the time.
The Department for Communities is expanding the social supermarket (SSM) programme, which it piloted in 2017, to tackle the cost of living crisis.
The community-driven shops which support those living in food poverty, supply low-cost food sourced from the charity FareShare and local businesses.
Fermanagh and Omagh Council are to meet the chief executive of the Utility Regulator amid soaring energy costs. The warning is stark. “This is a critical situation and may even cost lives,” one local councillor has said.
And all through the crisis the NI Assembly drifts along silently. Where is the leadership? Where are the measures of support? Where is the action to help desperate people through?
The cracks in the window pane as we look through it at modern life in Northern Ireland are stretching further across the glass. There’s only so far they can snake across our vision before the window comes crashing in and splinters life as we know it.
Getting through that will be a challenge, but the winter lies ahead and we all know what that means. Colder weather and even more need for energy to heat our homes. Already families are desperately concerned over where they will find the money to manage.
Some may find they can’t even keep a roof over their heads, let alone heat it and feed the family who live there.
Government may look at short term measures to help those on benefits, but the problem goes much deeper than that. There are many families where one or both parents may work. They receive no benefits, must pay more to get to and from their place of employment and have the same need to provide for their children. They should not be forgotten about and left to foot the bill.
How can so many ask for so much to be paid knowing so many have nothing to pay it with? It’s an increasingly desperate and worrying situation and in time of need the country needs those who were elected to step up and lead.