Southend Council LEAPs into action this winter

As the temperature drops, Southend Council has once again teamed up with the Local Energy Advice Partnership (LEAP) to help Southend residents save money and keep warm this winter.

The Warm Homes Discount Initiative project offers a free energy and money advice service to people most in need of support. Help can be provided through offering tariff switches, checking benefits and supporting applications to possible funding for emergency boiler replacement (ECHO) and the Priority Services Register.

Residents will also receive small energy saving products, such as LED bulbs and radiator reflectors.

The council has participated in the LEAP programme for the past three years and has helped vulnerable residents make savings or find new income of £640,140.76 in the past scheme year alone.

Households are eligible for LEAP if any of the following apply:

  • They have a low income
  • They receive tax credits
  • They receive Housing Benefit
  • They receive an income or disability related benefit
  • A member of the household has a long-term illness or disability.

Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment and planning said: “The LEAP project is an important and useful measure to help the council combat fuel poverty in the borough. It has been very successful in helping eligible residents to make savings in the past and for others to make improvements to help heat their home. If you think you would qualify for help through the scheme, please get in touch”.

To find out if you can benefit from LEAP, please visit the LEAP website www.applyforleap.org.uk or call 0800 0607567 (freephone).

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Mick Ferris

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