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Autumn Reckoning

The 150% Energy-Price Shock Waiting for the Next UK Leader

Household bills are set to surge again in October

A light on at a residential home near an electricity transmission tower in Upminster, UK, on July 4.

A light on at a residential home near an electricity transmission tower in Upminster, UK, on July 4.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

This is the first story in a six-part series on the political and economic landscape facing Britain's new prime minister.

Every UK prime minister expects to face challenges. Few would imagine that they might have to spend billions of pounds to make sure people don’t freeze in their homes during winter.