Food, fuel and rail tickets costs: can government help?
10 September 2012 Last updated at 11:17 BST
Food, fuel and rail fares squeeze many household budgets, and many governments claim they do all they can to keep costs down, but the public rarely believe this or give them any credit.
David Thompson tried to find out what, if anything, a government really can do anything about rising prices. He spoke to former trade minister Lord (Digby) Jones, and Simon Kirby of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research.