October 18, 2011 / 10:42 AM / in 8 years

UK says high inflation due to rising energy prices

LONDON (Reuters) - High inflation in Britain is a reflection of rising global energy prices, a spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron said on Tuesday.

“We understand it’s a difficult time for households who are affected by these price rises which reflect what’s happening to global oil and gas prices,” Cameron’s spokesman told reporters.

Inflation in Britain hit a three-year high in September driven by soaring gas and electricity bills, data showed earlier on Tuesday, adding to a severe squeeze on Britons’ living standards as wages fail to keep up with rising prices.

Reporting by Matt Falloon

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