The eligibility requirements of LEAP are designed to target households that either are already in, or are at risk of falling into fuel poverty. It is open to all types of householders – homeowners, private renters and social housing tenants. You only need to qualify on one of the categories in order to be eligible for the scheme. We need to record the reason why each applicant is eligible, and sometimes we might need you to provide some evidence of your eligibility. Permission to collect and store any personal information will be carefully collected at every stage.



Anyone with one or more of the following:

  • Income Support

  • Jobseeker's Allowance

  • Employment & Support Allowance

  • Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit with a low income (see table below)

  • Working Tax Credit with a low income (see table below)

  • Universal Credit with a low income (see table below)

  • Low income (limit varies based on size of household)

  • Problems with significant and persistent debt

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Anyone with one or more of the following:

  • Cardiovascular condition (incl. coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, transient ischemic attack)

  • Respiratory condition (COPD, childhood asthma)

  • Neurological condition (incl dementia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy)

  • Musculoskeletal conditions (incl. osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis etc)

  • Blood conditions (incl. Sickle cell disease, thalassemia)

  • Cancer

  • Physical or sensory disability

  • Severe learning difficulties

  • Moderate to severe mental illness (incl. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression (where receiving regular treatment) etc)

  • Autoimmune or immunodeficiency diseases (incl. lupus, diabetes, HIV)

  • Terminal illness

  • Other illness exacerbated by cold (confirmed by GP)

  • Has a medical exception certificate


Anyone with one or more of the following:

  • Carers in receipt of carers allowance

  • Housing Benefit

  • Council Tax Reduction 

  • Disability benefit e.g. Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment, Attendance Allowance, Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

  • Vulnerable family situation such as victim of domestic violence or recent bereavement

  • Recent issues issues with homelessness

  • Recent immigrants or asylum seekers