British consumers are suffering from the highest rate energy price inflation in the EU, and the second highest for food inflation. That’s according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation, which says British consumers have seen their energy prices rise by one fifth over the past year, compared to an EU average of 12%. Weekly food bills have risen by 6.4% in the past year, second only to Hungary (6.6%) in the EU and against an average of 3.3% across the group of countries. Britain’s high prices are partly explained by the fact that, as an island, 40% of its food is imported.