Aylesbury Vale District Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

Aylesbury Vale District Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

If you’re worried about your energy bill, the Aylesbury Vale District Council may be able to help. Residents can apply for ECO grants and save money on their energy bills and help save the environment too!

The Aylesbury Vale District Council has a flexible energy policy that allows residents to apply for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) grants. This means you can have your heating system repaired, upgraded and even apply for insulations!

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

The LA Flex program will help local authorities to provide funds for people who are in need. For example, if someone struggles with receiving benefits or lives in a cold house- which can both be at risk factors for health problems related to poverty – they could receive some financial assistance from the council through this new system. The amount of funding given out by each individual council is based on their need’s assessment and how much money they have available.
 
The Aylesbury Vale District Council has written down their eligibility rules for the grant in a Statement of Intention. This post will explain which residents in our district are eligible to apply and how much money is available!

2. What grants are available?

The types of grants available to residents living in the Aylesbury Vale District 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?

Everyone will benefit from the program- even if you are a homeowner, living in a housing association, a tenant, and renters. The easiest way to see if you are eligible is to use our eligibility checker here.

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Eligibility

There are 6 ways to qualify for a grant:

1. Receiving a qualifying benefit
2. Receiving Child Benefit and meeting income rules
3. Income-based eligibility (for households that earn less than £31,000 per year)
4. Vulnerable eligibility
5. Health-related eligibility
6. Bespoke targeting

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 12 months, the household will still be eligible for a grant.

Qualifying benefits include:

- Child Tax Credit

- Employment & Support Allowance (Income Based) - Income Support

- Housing Benefit

- Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based)

- Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

- Pension Credit Savings Credit

- Universal Credit

- Working Tax Credit

Note if you receive any of the following benefits you could qualify later in the scheme (or through the ECO4 Flex routes). We advise anyone claiming the following benefits to register for updates so you are the first to know when these benefits are accepted.

- Armed Forces Independence Payment

- Attendance Allowance

- Carer's Allowance

- Constant Attendance Allowance

- Disability Living Allowance (DLA)

- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

- War Pensions Mobility Supplement

If you receive Child Benefit you 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 parents

1 Child – £19,900
2 Children – £24,800
3 Children – £29,600
4+ Children – £34,500

Parents in a couple

1 Child – £27,500
2 Children – £32,300
3 Children – £37,200
4+ Children – £42,000

(figures updated to Ofgem’s Administration Consultation released on 13 June 2022)

If you are eligible through the Child Benefit route you should apply as soon as you can. The Government's Green Homes Grant excluded Child Benefit recipients so potentially this eligibility route could be removed later in the the scheme.

To be eligible through the income-based route your annual household income will need to be under £31,000. You will need to provide evidence such as bank statements and income information to confirm eligibility.

This is an ECO4 Flex route so it requires the applicants council to have published a Statement of Intent and to issue eligibility declarations.

Vulnerable people can access grants if they meet two of the following criteria (1 & 3 can’t be used together):

1. Lives in a Lower Super Output Area

2. Receives Council Tax Rebate (excluding for single person discounts)

3. Householder has a disability, mental health condition, is over 65, school children or under 16 and pregnant women.

4. Receives free school meals due to a low income

5. Supported by a Council scheme described in a Statement of Intent

6. Households referred by a Citizen’s advice as struggling to pay gas and electricity bills

7. Households in energy debt

A medical practitioner will need to complete a referral form to confirm eligibility.

This is an ECO4 Flex route so it requires the applicants council to have published a Statement of Intent and to issue eligibility declarations.

People with health conditions that are made worse by living in a cold home qualify.

These include:

- Cardiovascular diseases

- Immunosuppressed

- Mobility issues

- Respiratory conditions

A medical practitioner will need to complete a referral form to confirm eligibility.

This is an ECO4 Flex route so it requires the applicants council to have published a Statement of Intent and to issue eligibility declarations.

Installers can target specific groups of people living in fuel poverty. Installers will approach you if your property is eligible through this route.

Aylesbury Vale District Council

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

Criteria for Aylesbury Vale District Council Fuel Poor Households

  • Low Income (See eligibility of Low-Income Table)
  • Vulnerability to Cold – Health
    • Cardiovascular condition (incl. coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, transient ischemic attack)
    • Respiratory condition (incl. COPD, asthma)
    • Neurological or neurobiological condition (incl. dementia, Parkinson’s disease, MS, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, ME)
    • Musculoskeletal conditions (incl. arthritis, limited mobility, recently attended hospital due to a fall)
    • Blood conditions (incl. Sickle cell disease, thalassemia)
    • Cancer
    • Moderate to severe mental illness (incl. schizophrenia bipolar disorder and depression were 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)
    • Entitled to free prescriptions where otherwise chargeable
  • Vulnerability to Cold – Age
    • An adult aged 60 or over
    • A child under the age of 5
  • Homes with a low energy rating
    • Energy Performance Certificate banding of E, F or G and/or
    • Be a Park Homes

The eligibility from these criteria does not guarantee grants. To see if it’s a good fit for your project, read the full Statement of Intent published by the council!

5. How much could you get?

The amount of money you will get for your grant depends on a lot. The biggest factor in this calculation is how much heating your home needs now so that the council and the installer can estimate what energy-saving projects such as heating, insulation is needed for your home.

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

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The grant will help with the cost of your installation and is paid directly to Registered Installer. A contribution towards costs can be expected, but it does not need to be repaid. The installer should explain what funding options are available before quoting a price for them so you know everything up front!

Aylesbury Vale District Council flexible energy (LA Flex) rules are detailed in this Statement of Intent

A full list of all local authority flexible energy rules can be found on the gov.uk website

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