A raft of price hikes will come into force from April (Composite: Kim Mogg / JPIMedia)A raft of price hikes will come into force from April (Composite: Kim Mogg / JPIMedia)
A raft of price hikes will come into force from April (Composite: Kim Mogg / JPIMedia)

Bleak Friday 2022: all the things going up in price from 1 April - from energy bills to broadband packages

A raft of price hikes will take effect from April putting further pressure on households amid the cost of living crisis

The cost of living crisis will deepen for millions of people across the UK from April, as a raft of price hikes come into force.

Energy bills will double in cost for many households from 1 April as the energy price cap increase is introduced, rising by £693 a year to £1,971 - a 54% increase.

Citizens advice warned that around five million million would be unable to afford their energy bills from April, even taking into account the support the government has already announced.

It warned that this number would almost triple to one in four people in the UK (more than 14 million) if the price cap rises in October again based on current predictions.

Mobile and broadband bills are also going up for thousands of customers this month, while national insurance and council tax rates are set to rise.

Fuel prices have reached record highs in recent weeks amid a hike in oil prices following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Chancellor cut fuel duty by 5p in his spring statement last week, but retailers have since been accused of failing to fully pass on the savings to customers.

Pub meals and hotel stays are also likely to become more expensive from this month as VAT levels across the hospitality sector lift back to 20%.

An increase to the national living wage could help to ease the pressure facing households, and the state pension and some benefits will be uprated by 3.1% in April. However, inflation could hit a 40-year high of 8.7% in the fourth quarter of 2022, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR).

So how will household bills be affected from this month? Listed are nine major cost of living increases coming into force from April.

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