11 things that will cost more from April
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.
Three of the UK's biggest mobile networks will be increasing their prices. 02 and Three customers will see 2.5 per cent increases with EE increasing theirs by 2.7 per cent. The amount of money people pay into workplace pensions will rise from 3 per cent to 5 per cent under auto-enrolment rules. Those of us who pay for prescriptions will see the cost rise by 20p, from 8.80 to 9. Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images Water bills will rise an average of 2 per cent on April 1. Water UK said that the average household will be 8 worse off a year. 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. First Class stamps will now cost 70p and Second Class stamps costing 61p - an increase of 3p in both cases. These increases will come into effect on March 25. 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. Some drivers will be paying 65 more car tax from April 6 after changes to the Vehicle Excise Duty but most will be paying just 5 more each year. Energy prices will be rising so houses will be paying a typical 117 a year for most on April 1. This is due to a price cap on standard tarrifs ends on March 31. Council Tax will be up an average of 75 a year for band D properties on April 1. There is a 4.5% average council tax rise in England but some will be paying a lot more. Dental fees will be rising on April 1 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.