The numbers looking for help at food banks across the city and the increase in people turning to pay-day lenders for a short-term fix illustrates a city with more people struggling to make ends meet.
There are a number of causes, from rising food, fuel and housing costs to wage freezes, redundancies and benefit cuts affecting those in and out of work.
There is help available, and while it is not in any way sufficient to solve the problems for people it is, for many, a lifeline.
While it is entirely right that our politicians should be debating an issue that affects an increasing number of people, those very people expect and deserve action, both in the short term to deal with urgent need but also long term to reduce poverty.
There is help with the 'bedroom tax', via the city council, and support from charity food banks, and some people are still entitled to benefits they are unaware of.
When times are as tough as now it is important that people know where to turn to for help, so it is imperative the Government and city council are engaging with as many people as possible to provide the right help.