by Dan Windham
The cost of living for many UK residents is set to rise on 1 April as a new tax year starts.
Many household bills will be rising as energy companies and local authorities raise their prices in what some are calling ‘Price Hike Day’. Here are 11 things you will be paying more for.
Mobile network bill
Three of the UK’s biggest mobile networks will be increasing their prices. O2 and Three customers will see 2.5 per cent increases with EE increasing theirs by 2.7 per cent.
Sky TV and broadband
Sky have hiked their prices with Sky Entertainment, Ultimate On Demand, Fibre Max, and Fibre Unlimited packages all costing £2 more each month, while Sky Broadband Unlimited bills will increase by £1.
Those of us who pay for prescriptions will see the cost rise by 20p, from £8.80 to £9.
Water bills will rise an average of two per cent on 1 April. Water UK said that the average household will be £8 worse off a year.
State pension top-ups
The amount of money people pay into workplace pensions will rise from three per cent to five per cent under auto-enrolment rules.
Council Tax will be up an average of 75 a year for band D properties on 1 April. There is a 4.5 per cent average council tax rise in England but some will be paying a lot more.
Some drivers will be paying £65 more on car tax from April 6 after changes to the Vehicle Excise Duty but most will be paying just £5 more each year.
The TV licence fee will rise to £154.50 – a £4 increase on last year. It will now cost £2.97 a week or £12.87 a month.
Energy prices will be rising so houses will be paying a typical £117 a year for most on 1 April. This is due to a price cap on standard tariffs ends on 31 March.
First Class stamps will now cost 70p and Second Class stamps 61p – an increase of 3p in both cases. These increases will come into effect on 25 March.
Dental fees will be rising on 1 April, with basic NHS check-ups up £1.10 to £22.70 in England. Band two charges, including root canals and fillings, are up £3 to £62.10.
A version of this article originally appeared on our sister site, The Sheffield Star