April 1 is no joke for South Yorkshire consumers as wave of price hikes are introduced

In Sheffield council tax is set to rise by 4.99 per cent, while Doncaster residents face a3.9 per cent increase.
In Sheffield council tax is set to rise by 4.99 per cent, while Doncaster residents face a3.9 per cent increase.
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April 1 is no joke for bill payers - as people in South Yorkshire and across the country prepare to face to a wave of increases set to be introduced this week, including council tax and the cost of utilities.

People's wallets are set to be hit 'left, right and centre' by the increased costs, from when they post a letter to when their next household bill lands on their doormat, money experts have warned.

The cost of an NHS prescription in England will increase by 20p to £8.60 from today, as dental costs also increase, with the price of a check-up rising by 90p to £20.60.

Also from this date, a colour TV licence will cost £147 - a £1.50 increase.

Figures recently compiled have shown nine out of 10 local authorities in England are increasing their level of council tax from April. Residents in some areas will see their bills rise by as much as 5 per cent.

In Sheffield council tax is set to rise by 4.99 per cent, while Doncaster residents face a 3.9 per cent increase.

And households in England and Wales will be charged an average £395 for their water and sewerage over the coming year - an increase of £6.

Prices are also heating up for energy customers, after a raft of firms have recently announced increases.

Co-operative Energy is increasing the cost of its standard variable tariff by an average of 5 per cent from April 1, adding an estimated £58 a year to bills.

Scottish Power has also announced that from the end of March, standard dual fuel prices would increase by an average of 7.8 per cent.

NPower has also recently hiked gas and electricity prices by 9.8 per cent - a move adding around £109 to annual dual fuel bills.

Other price rises are also in the pipeline, with E.On set to increase its standard variable dual fuel prices by an average of 8.8 per cent from April 26.

The cost of posting a letter is more expensive than it was last weekend. Stamp prices increased on Monday, with the price of a first class stamp rising by 1p to 65p and a second class stamp increasing by 1p to 56p.

Hannah Maundrell, editor-in-chief of money.co.uk, said: "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."