Are your bills higher than average?

How much are the average water, energy and council tax bills?

In the last few years, bills of all sorts have risen sharply. Since 1989, water bills have risen above inflation by over 40%; energy bills have gone up by 10% in the last 12 months alone; and some local authorities can increase their council tax bills by up to 5.99% this year.

Paying Bills

However, while bills rise, many people are still over paying. Find out what the average bills in the UK and see if you are entitled to cut your costs.


  • The average household will pay £405 a year for their water and sewage services.

Water bills are expected to rise by 2% – £9 – for the 2018/2019 year. 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


  • The average small household will pay £795 a year
  • The average medium household will pay £1,163 a year
  • The average large household will pay £1,639 a year
  • The average variable tariff is around £1,135 a year.

A small household has one or two bedrooms; a medium house has three; and a large house has four or more.

Often switching supplier is the simplest way to cut down your energy bill; and there are a range of schemes, safeguarding tariffs and other help available.

Find out what help is available with energy bills

Council Tax bills

  • Average band A is £1,061 a year
  • Average band B is £1,237 a year
  • Average band C is £1,414 a year
  • Average band D is £1,591 a year
  • Average band E is £1,945 a year
  • Average band F is £2,298 a year
  • Average band G is £2,652 a year
  • Average band H is £3,182 a year

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, other council services, such as burials and parking permits, are also expected to increase in cost.

Find out what help is available with Council Tax bills

Internet costs

  • The average broadband yearly bill is £336.12.

Using comparison sites is a quick and easy way to see if there are better prices available.

It is also worth checking you aren’t paying for more than you need. Are you paying for unlimited download usage when you use a lot less? It is always worth checking to compare.


Act F.A.S.T campaign returns to empower people to call 999 at any sign of a stroke

Public Health England, working closely with Stroke Association, has relaunched the national “Act F.A.S.T.” stroke campaign.

The campaign raises awareness for the signs of stroke and reinforces the importance of acting F.A.S.T. and calling 999 if you notice any single one of the signs in yourself or others.

The F.A.S.T. (Face, Arms, Speech, Time) acronym has featured in the advertising for a number of years and is a simple test to help people identify the most common signs of a stroke, and emphasises the importance of acting quickly by calling 999

  • Face – has their face fallen on one side? Can they smile?
  • Arms – can they raise both arms and keep them there?
  • Speech – is their speech slurred?
  • Time to call 999

People who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired and are unable to call 999, can text the emergency services on 999 but need to register their phone in advance. To find out more go to

Strokes need you to Act Fast

These messages are also particularly important for people with certain medical conditions who are more at risk of having a stroke. This includes people with conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and atrial fibrillation (an irregular heartbeat).

A stroke is known as a ‘brain attack’. There are over 100,000 strokes a year in the UK, causing over 40,000 deaths. When someone suffers a stroke, the blood supply to part of the brain cuts off. It is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention as every minute is vital. Patients treated in a hospital with thrombolysis within six hours have better outcomes. That is why calling 999 is so crucial. An ambulance can give stroke patients those extra precious minutes, as not only will treatment be faster, but patients will be taken to the nearest appropriate Hyper Acute Stroke Unit where patients can be given immediate specialist treatment.

The campaign urges individuals to act without hesitation for both themselves and on behalf of others. Whether it is a friend, loved one, someone you are a carer for, or even a stranger, dialing 999 quickly and acting F.A.S.T saves lives and gives stroke sufferers their best chance at recovery and potentially reduce long-term effects.

The campaign includes TV, press, radio, social media and outdoor advertising that is supported by PR.

For more information including leaflets in alterative formats search ‘Act FAST’ or visit STROKE – ACT F.A.S.T

Act F.A.S.T. Make the Call. Dial 999.