What is National Price Hike day? Bills set to increase from April 1

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April 1 is known as National Price Hike Day (Dominic Lipinski / PA)
April 1 is known as National Price Hike Day (Dominic Lipinski / PA)

The cost-of-living crisis has affected households across the UK for months.

But things are set to get tighter as a number of household bills and public services will get more expensive from April.

Several changes will come into effect on Saturday, April 1, which has been dubbed National Price Hike Day.

This isn’t unusual, as Government bodies and companies typically announce price increases every April.

But the effects of this year’s National Price Hike day are sure to be felt more deeply due to soaring inflation.

Find out below which bills are going up, and what you can expect to pay more for from April.

What is National Price Hike day?

April 1 has been dubbed National Price Hike day, as this is the day a number of price increases will come into effect. While prices changing in April is not unusual, the sheer amount of changes combined with the effects of inflation make this date particularly important.

What bills are changing?

Mobile phone bills will increase by around 10 per cent on April 1, as providers like BT Group, Virgin Media O2, Vodafone, and Three UK will all increase their tariffs.

The NHS prescription charge will increase from £9.35 to £9.65 on April 1.

The energy bills support scheme which gave households £400 off their bills over the winter will come to an end, so energy bills will be more expensive in April.

Council tax will become more expensive for people across the UK in April, with most local authorities increasing the tax by up to five per cent.

Car tax, officially called Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), will also rise by 10.1 per cent from April 1.

What other prices are going up?

The price of stamps will increase on April 3, with a 15p hike pushing the price of a first-class stamp to £1.20p.

The price of going to an NHS dentist will become more expensive on April 24, with the price of a band one visit (like a check-up) increasing from £23.80 to £25.80.

How you can manage

Monthly bills are sure to go up, but there are things you can do to reduce the impact.

To combat the rise in energy bills, read our guide on how to reduce your home energy costs.

Check out our mobile plan comparison tool to see if you could save on your phone bill.

Contact your local authority and find out if you are eligible for any support schemes.

Read our guide on saving money generally, with tips ranging from no-spend weekends to being open about your money goals.