Household Bills

Steep Rise in Water and Power Costs

Although most other prices only rose 0.2 per cent in the last year, water, heating and waste services now cost 5.1 per cent more.

Pretty shocking, says Ulrika Jardfelt of the public housing group Sabo, which ran the study that revealed these figures. She cannot understand why the companies have raised their fees so much compared with the low cost of important household goods.

The main rise is for electricity, at 7.1 per cent. And it's houses in Stockholm above all that have seen the biggest increases.