Aberdeen City Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation

Aberdeen City Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

Aberdeen City Council have a flexible energy policy that allows residents to apply for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) grants.

The council has published their set of rules which will allow residents to apply for grants for heating or insulation. If you’re a Scottish resident interested in installing insulation or upgrading your heating on your property, then these rules may be relevant to you!

1. What is Local Authority Flexible Energy or LA Flex?

Local Authority Flexible Energy or LA Flex is a way for those who are living on a low income and are vulnerable to cold homes, but don’t receive benefits to access Government grants for heating and insulation.
 
Fuel poverty is a harsh reality for many households in Aberdeenshire, with many facing difficult choices and increasing energy bills during the pandemic.
 
There is help for households as the Government has obligated energy suppliers to help provide funding to vulnerable and low income households through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).
 
Aberdeen City Council have published their eligibility rules for the grant scheme in their Statement of Intent and this enables residents to apply for energy-efficiency grants and this post explains the rules for eligibility.

2. What grants are available?

The types of grants available to residents living in the Aberdeen City Council area include:

Boiler grants are expected to be removed from the grant scheme in the next phase so you should apply for this grant as soon as possible.

3. Who is eligible for grants?

Whether you are a homeowner, a housing association tenant or a private renter you could benefit from this scheme. You will need to receive a benefit or have a low income to be eligible for funding and the types of grants you can get depends on a range of factors. The easiest way to see if you are eligible is to use our eligibility checker here.

eco scheme eligibility rules for pensioners

Eligibility

There are 3 ways to qualify for a grant:

1. Receiving a qualifying benefit
2. Receiving Child Benefit and meeting income rules
3. Through LA Flex or Local Authority Flexible Energy rules

This route to eligibility applies where a member of the household receives or has received a 'qualifying benefit'. If the benefit isn't a current claim (for example for households where they have gone back to work after the pandemic) providing the benefit has been claimed at some point within the last 18 months, the household will still be eligible for a grant.

Qualifying benefits include:

    • Armed Forces Independence Payment
    • Attendance Allowance
    • Carer's Allowance
    • Child Tax Credit
    • Constant Attendance Allowance
    • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
    • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) - income-based (not contribution-based ESA)
    • Income Support
    • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
    • Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) - income-based (not contribution-based JSA)
    • Pension Guarantee Credit
    • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
    • Severe Disablement Allowance
    • Tax Credits (both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit)
    • Universal Credit
    • War Pensions Mobility Supplement
    • Working Tax Credit

If your client receives Child Benefit they could be eligible for the scheme but unlike the qualifying benefits above they would need to meet an additional income criteria.

The Child Benefit income criteria depends on the number of children in the household and also whether the claim is a single or joint claim.

The income limits are as follows:

Single Person Child Benefit Income Thresholds

Number of childrenMaximum income
1£18,500
2£23,000
3£27,500
4+£32,000
The table shows the income limits for eligibility for the Energy Company Obligation Scheme for a single person. Income from all sources must not exceed the threshold detailed in the table.

Couple Child Benefit Income Thresholds

Number of childrenMaximum income
1£25,500
2£30,000
3£34,500
4+£39,000
The table shows the income limits for eligibility for the Energy Company Obligation Scheme for couples. Income from all sources must not exceed the threshold detailed in the table.

If your client is eligible through the Child Benefit route to eligibility they should apply as soon as they can. The Government's Green Homes Grant excluded Child Benefit recipients so potentially this eligibility route could be removed altogether in the next phase of the scheme.

If your client is over the limit then there is one final route to eligibility that we cover below.

Local authorities are allowed to expand the eligibility criteria for ECO so that more households can benefit from the scheme and they each are able to tailor energy efficiency eligibility rules to their respective area thanks to Local Authority or LA Flex schemes.

Each local authority is obligated to published a Statement of Intent that details their rules for eligibility.

There is a full list of each Statement of Intent on the Government website.

While each local authority has their own scheme generally if you have a poorly heated or insulated home indicated by a D, E, F or G rating on your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and an income of less than £25K per annum there is a good chance you will qualify. Or if you are vulnerable and/or have health conditions you might qualify regardless of how much you earn.

Aberdeen City Council

If you DON'T claim benefits, the criteria for identifying households in fuel poverty in Aberdeen City Council are as follows:

Fuel poverty eligible households will be identified as those that:

-have an income of £29,500 or less;

AND

– score 8 or above in their responses to the following high cost questions:

Aberdeen City Council Energy Company (ECO) Eligibility

QuestionResponseScore
Was the home built before 1983?Yes10
No-5
Is the home of a non-traditional construction e.g. solid wall?Yes8
No-4
What type of home is it?Detached4
Semi-detached2
End terrace2
Mid terrace0
What is the main heating fuel?Gas-10
Electricity0
Oil or other fuel8
Does the property have three bedrooms or less?Yes6
No-2
Does at least one member of the household spend most of the day in the home?Yes4
No0
This table details the criteria that Aberdeen City Council uses for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) eligibility (from their Statement of Intent published. on 30 June 2020).
AB1 
AB10
AB11
AB12
AB13
AB14
AB15
AB16
AB2 
AB21
AB22
AB23
AB24
AB25
AB3 
AB31
AB32
AB4 
AB5 
AB51
AB9 
AB99
Lower Deeside
George St/Harbour
Midstocket/Rosemount
Hazlehead/Queens Cross/Countesswells
Torry/Ferryhill
Kincorth/Nigg/Cove
Airyhall/Broomhill/Garthdee
Kingswells/Sheddocksley/Summerhill
Dyce/Bucksburn/Danestone
Hilton/Woodside/Stockethill
Northfield/Mastrick North
Bridge of Don
Tillydrone/Seaton/Old Aberdeen

 

Eligibility does not guarantee funding. For full details see the full Statement of Intent.

5. How much could you get?

The amount of the grant depends on a range of factors. One of the biggest considerations is the heating at your property as the Ofgem rules place an emphasis on existing, or previous heating. Heating and other key property information such as the wall type and number of bedrooms is used to calculate a lifetime savings calculation which provides installers with a funding value.

The amount you get could also be dependent on where you live and whether you can get a grant is often dependent on whether there are installers available in your area.

The grants are currently available as follows (subject to survey and meeting eligibility rules):

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The grant is paid directly to the Registered Installer and because it is a grant it does not have to be repaid. Where contributions are required towards the installation cost the installer will quote for costs in advance and explain them to you before you proceed. The free no obligation survey will determine what funding is available to you.

Aberdeen City Council flexible energy (LA Flex) rules are detailed in this Statement of Intent

ELIGIBILITY

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Fill in the short form to see if you are eligible.