What is LEAP?
Telford & Wrekin Council works with Agility Eco and Marches Energy Agency to provide LEAP (Local Energy Advice Partnership). LEAP offers eligible Telford and Wrekin residents a completely free energy and money saving service. So LEAP can help you save money and keep your home warm and cosy.
What can LEAP do for me?
- Install free, simple energy saving measures in your home such as LED light bulbs and draught proofing.
- Check if you’re on the best energy tariff via the Council’s energy switching service, Switch Telford.
- Arrange a free money advice consultation.
- Help you find funding for further energy-saving home improvements.
Am I eligible?
The eligibility criteria for LEAP is very broad so that we can help as many people as possible. It is open to all types of householder, whether you are a homeowner, private renter or social housing tenant, as long as you live in Telford and Wrekin. There are three categories of eligibility income, health and vulnerability. You only need to meet one of the points in any of the three categories to qualify.
View the full list of eligibility criteria:
Anyone receiving one of the following:
- employment and support allowance
- jobseeker’s allowance
- income support
- pension credit
- child tax credit / working tax credit
- universal credit
- child benefit
- carer’s allowance
- housing benefit or council tax reduction
- a disability benefit (including. attendance allowance, disability living allowance (DLA), personal independence payment (PIP)
- Ministry of Defence administered benefits
- annual income not more than that shown in the LEAP income matrix:
|Number of children / young persons under 18 in the household||Household|
|One adult||Two adults|
Anyone with one of the following:
- cardiovascular condition (including. coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, transient ischemic attack)
- respiratory condition (including. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma)
- neurological or neurobiological condition (including. dementia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), epilepsy, fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME))
- musculoskeletal conditions (including. arthritis, limited mobility, recently attended hospital due to a fall)
- blood conditions (including. sickle cell disease, thalassemia)
- moderate to severe mental illness (including. schizophrenia bipolar disorder and depression where receiving regular treatment)
- severe learning disabilities
- autoimmune or immunodeficiency diseases (e.g. lupus, diabetes, HIV)
- terminally ill
- other illness exacerbated by cold (confirmed by GP)
- in possession of a valid NHS Medical Exemption Certificate.
Anyone in one of the following situations:
- victim of domestic violence
- recent bereavement
- moving in and out of homelessness
- recent immigrant or asylum seeker
- physical or sensory disability.
How it works
Apply for the LEAP service and once you have applied:
- your eligibility will be checked
- an appointment (at a time convenient for you) will be booked for a home energy advisor to visit you in your home
- a highly-trained LEAP home energy advisor will visit your home to carry out a home visit. During the home visit, the advisor will conduct a thorough assessment of your home and try to offer immediate help
- the advisor can install a range of simple energy saving measures where necessary, such as draught proofing or LED lightbulbs, provide energy efficiency advice and help you to look for a better deal on energy bills
- the home energy advisor will also leave behind a home visit pack which will include details of the help and advice given to you as well as contact details of other organisations offering further support.
Use the LEAP application form to apply for the LEAP service, either for yourself or you can apply for someone else e.g. a family member, a friend or neighbour. If applying for someone else, please check with them beforehand as they will be contacted by LEAP as part of the application process. Remember the resident only needs to meet one of the criteria in any of the three categories mentioned in the am I eligible section.
Last updated: 21/02/2020 11:20