Revealed: South Yorkshire residents hit by these price hikes and bill increases this month

Price Hike Day
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South Yorkshire residents will see many of their household bills increase this month following "national price hike day".

A raft of price hikes in everything from stamps to TV license fees as well as council and car tax increases started on Saturday, April 1.

Experts from money.co.uk have warned that the average house will have to find an extra £90 over the next 12 months to cover the increased costs.

Editor in Chief of the website, Hannah Maundrell said: "I'm not joking, it really is National Price Hike Day as the cost of everyday activities is going up left right and centre.

"From postage to prescription and dental costs, your wallet is going to be hit left, right and centre.

"These hikes may appear to be small and 'nothing to worry about', but add them all together and it could cost you around £90 extra over the next year.

"While you can't avoid some of the increases, you can certainly take control when it comes to managing the cost of your energy, phone and broadband.

"We've got the bumpy Brexit ride ahead of us, with no idea what the future holds. The more money you can keep in your pocket and not pass on to suppliers the better. Why should you pay more for something you can get far cheaper elsewhere?

So, what's going up?

Council Tax

Nine out of 10 local authorities in England are raising council tax, an average of 4 per cent in England and Wales.

Water Bills

Combined water and sewerage bills are set to rise by an average of 2 per cent.

This means an increase of £6 to £395 for the average household.

In Yorkshire, the average water bill for 2017/18 will be £165 and £209 for the sewerage bill; an £8 increase on the previous year.

Presciptions

Prescription costs will also go up by 20p from £8.40 to £8.60 per medicine dispensed.

Dental work

Dental treatment work will also increase on all three bands of work.

A check up will increase by 90p (almost 5 per cent) from £19.70 to £20.60.

The dental charge for a band 2 course of treatment will increase by 2.40p from £53.90 to £56.30 (4 per cent).

The charge for a band 3 course of treatment will increase by £10.60 from £233.70 to £244.30 (almost 5 per cent).

Stamps

The price of stamps has also increased this month; from 64p to 65p for a first class stamp with the price of a second-class stamp up to 56p.

Posting a small parcel now costs 5p more up from £3.35 to £3.40.

TV license

It will now cost an extra £1.50 a year for a TV licence; going up from £145.50 to £147.

Air Passenger Duty

Air Passenger Duty on long haul flights (over 2,000 miles) is set to increase by 2.74%, hiking flight costs by as much as £12.

Broadband and mobile phones

BT rolled out their planned price hikes on April 2 which includes; 'Basic Broadband' going up £2 per month more (£35.99 with landline inc), BT Infinity 1 and 2 are both going up by £2.50 per month, landline calls will go up by 1p (to 12p and 16p), BT Sport (Sky box users) increasing by £1.50 per month and call plans (such as weekend calls) will cost a whopping 30p more.

EE bills will rise by 2.5 per cent across the board in line with January RPI.

O2 bills will also increase by 2.6 per cent in line with February RPI, alongside a hike to all call charges outside the monthly allowance.

Vodafone customers that took out a monthly plan on or after the 5th May 2016 will see a bill hike of 3.2 per cent in line with March RPI.

Energy prices

Scottish Power customers will see their standard dual fuel bills rocket by an average of 7.8 per cent or £86 per year.

nPower dual fuel bills have just gone up by 9.8 per cent, leaving customers on a standard variable tariff £110 out of pocket on average.

Co-op Energy bills will crank up prices across its standard rates by 5 per cent, leaving those with a dual fuel tariff typically £58 worse off.

EoN is also jumping on the bandwagon later this month with an average price hike of 8.8 per cent for its dual fuel customers meaning an annual bill hike of £97 on average.

SSE will not be increasing its gas prices, however, 2.8 million electricity customers will be hit with an eye-watering 14.9 per cent price hike at the end of the month, so dual fuel customers will be landed with an extra £73 to pay a year on average.