While wages can often be sat at the same level for years on end, sadly the same can’t be said about prices and charges.
Here is a run down of all the prices, charges and tariffs increasing from April 1 2018:
List of price hikes:
* First-class stamps have risen from 65p to 67p and the price of a second-class stamp has also gone up by 2p to 58p. Posting a small parcel now costs 5p more up from £3.40 to £3.45.
* Average council tax bills are set to go up by as much as 5.1% in some parts of the UK, which is an increase of £81 a year.
* Water bills will increase by £9 (2 per cent) to £405 for the average household.
* Prescription costs in England will also go up by 20p from £8.60 to £8.80 (2.32 per cent).
* The NHS dental charge payable for a check-up will increase by £1 (4.85 per cent) from £20.60 to £21.60.
* The dental charge for a band 2 course of treatment will increase by £2.80 from £56.30 to £59.10 (almost 5 per cent). The charge for a band 3 course of treatment will increase by £12.20 from £244.30 to £256.50 (5 per cent).
* TV licence costs will also go up by £3.50 from £147 to £150.50 1 April
* Air Passenger Duty on long haul flights (over 2,000 miles) is set to increase by 4 per cent, hiking flight costs.
* NHS wig and fabric charges – the cost of NHS wigs and fabric supports are rising by about 1.5 per cent.
Phone & broadband
* EE bills will rise by 4.1 per cent across the board in line with January’s RPI.
* O2 bills will also increase by 4 per cent in line with February RPI.
* Vodafone customers that took out a monthly plan on or after the 5th May 2016 will see a bill hike of 3.6 per cent in line with March RPI.
* Sky Broadband customers will see line rental costs rise from £17.40 per month to £18.99 (9.1 per cent)
* Post Office Broadband customer will see increases – the Essential package will rise from £25.00 a month to £27.00 a month (8 per cent) Gas & electricity Prices are also heating up for energy customers
* EoN are removing their dual fuel and paperless discount resulting in an average price hike of 2.7 per cent for its dual fuel customers meaning an annual bill hike of £30 on average.
* ENGIE bills will go up by 5.9 per cent, leaving customers on a standard variable tariff £58 out of pocket on average.