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Help with Energy, Water and Council Tax bills

  • 12/03/2018

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Can you lower your bills?

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In the last few years, bills of all sorts have risen sharply. Water bills have risen above inflation by over 40% since 1989, energy bills have gone up by 10% in the last 12 months alone and some local authorities may increase their Council Tax bills by up to 5.99% this year.

However, while bills rise, many people are still over paying. However, some may be eligible for help through grant or social tariff schemes.

Find out if the people you help are entitled to cut their costs.


Almost half of working families say they have struggled to pay their energy bills at some point.

Often switching supplier is the simplest way to cut down your energy bills. People on variable rate energy tariffs can also ask their energy company to move them to a cheaper tariff.

There are also a range of grant schemes, social tariffs and other help available through energy companies and from other sources.

Find out what help is available with energy bills


It is estimated that between 2010 and 2015, water companies made an extra £1.2 billion from bills being higher than necessary.

Water bills are expected to rise by 2% – £9 – in 2018/2019. However, this does vary region by region across the UK.

Those living in the South East will find their average bill about £14 cheaper, while those living in the North West may be paying £18 more.

Find out what help is available with water bills

Council Tax bills

While Council Tax bills vary considerably, millions should expect their bills to increase by £100 in 2018/2019, as 93% of councils plan to put up fees.

Additionally, the costs of other council services, such as burials and parking permits, are also expected to increase.

Find out what help is available with Council Tax bills

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