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Energy price hike comes into force as well as loads of other extra costs

Patrick Christys
Apr 1, 2019


Today represents the Night of the Long Knives for your personal finances as the energy price hike kicks in, council tax bills, prescription costs and TV licenses. 

You wait all year for one price hike and then four come at once...

So as of today, most energy firms are increasing tariffs by 10%, or £117 a year. British Gas, Npower, EDF Energy, E.on and Scottish Power have all announced they'll be making customers pay through the nose just to keep the lights on.

Ofgem allowed the price hike, and then also let some green energy firms like Ovo Energy just ignore it and potentially charge more anyway. 

The only thing more meaningless than a footballer's contract is, apparently, Ofgem's price cap. 

All the big energy firms have increased their Standard Variable Tariffs up to the maximum the new cap allows. It means an average three-bed household will pay £1,254 a year to heat and light their home – up from the old cap of £1,137.

They get away with it because many customers, especially the elderly, are less likely to switch - they just stick to what they know or find it difficult to navigate the online world.

This is why it always pays to shop around - go to A Spokesman Said and find the best deal for you.

Council tax bills are up by as much as 4.5% across the UK, a rise of £75.60 a year. 

This seems a bit much - has anyone noticed their bin collection become more efficient? What about the quality of local public services like libraries or children's play areas? 

Maybe if councils spent less time asking twitter to give a humorous name to their gritting lorries and more time actually looking after the people they serve, they could make their coffers stretch a little bit.

On the whole renaming the gritters front, there were actually some brilliant suggestions: David Ploughie, Gritty Gritty Bang Bang, Spready Mercury...to name a few.

Anyway, back to the matter in hand. TV licenses will cost you more. It's gone up by £4 to £154.50.

What a farce. The quality of BBC output hasn't risen whatsoever. If I wanted to watch Matt Baker talk about a group of LGBT farmers cycling the length of country to raise awareness of the plight of rural bus services, I would. But I don't. 

I think most people lost faith in our state broadcaster the day they gave Dion Dublin a presenting gig on Homes Under The Hammer. 

The best thing about the BBC is when Emily Maitlis announces that Newsnight is about to finish. 

In fact, when you weight up all the additional costs that come into force today and over the coming weeks, it reminds you of another BBC top hit: Rip Off Britain.

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