How effective are the utility grants?
A question was posed on social media this week: do the LEAP grants actually make a difference to people who need help paying their bills?
We decided to crunch our numbers
211 Leap files for electricity
28% of applicants had their bills paid in full
22% had less than $100 to pay after Leap help
24% had the amount owing at least cut in half
22% had their bills reduced by 25% only
3% were over $5 000
So the answers is: that for 50% of the applicants the assistance made a significant impact upon their arrears.
For another 24% that is a good reduction in what is owing, and a payment arrangement on the balance could be manageable.
The remaining 25% will continue to struggle and without additional help, they could continue to face the risk of disconnection
77 Leap files for natural gas
74% of applicants had their bills paid in full
15% had less than $100 to pay after Leap help
11% had the amount owing at least cut in half
For natural gas customers almost 90% of the applicants were significantly impacted by the grant they received.
For an overview of our program please visit the Utility page of our website