Ten things that just became more expensive in the UK

April isn't just known for its showers and its jokes, it is also a time taxpayers lament, as the sixth of the month becomes the start of the new tax year.

According to research conducted by financial comparison website money.co.uk - which has dubbed 1st April "National Price Hike Day" - prices of everyday activities will go up as a result.

Here are 10 ways your life is becoming more expensive in April:

1. Council tax bills may go up by as much as four per cent

2. Water bills will increase by £2 (1 per cent) to £389 for the average household

3. Prescription costs will go up by 2.44 per cent, from £8.20 to £8.40

These have been steadily increasing year on year, but this means that prescription charges will have increased by a total of £1.20 in just six years.

4. O2 tariff prices will go up by 1.3 per cent

As was the case with Three's 'legacy' contracts that had customers' monthly payments go up from £15 to £30, this could be problematic for people budgeting.

5. EE contracts are also set to increase by 1.3 per cent

This is the same as the February Retail Prices Index measurement of inflation.

6. Sky packages will go up in June by as much as 8 per cent

Existing customers who have an array of sports channels can see their prices go up 8 per cent, from £25.50 to £27.50, and new customers will find that packages are more expensive.

7. People who buy-to-let and invest on additional properties will have a three per cent tax increase

This could mean tax will increase by an average of £5,911 when buying a house in the UK and £13,686 when buying property in London.

8. Dentist charges will go up by five per cent

9. Flights

Air Passenger Duty is charged for each passenger (apart from children under two) at a UK airport, as a tax. APD on economy flights will increase from £71 to £73 and from £142 to £146 for those travelling in all other classes.

10. Stamp prices and posting small parcels have also become more expensive

The price of first-class stamps have risen from 63p to 64p this week and the price of a second-class stamp has gone up to 55p. Posting a small parcel has gone up by almost two per cent.

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