Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk have a flexible energy policy that allows residents to apply for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) grants.

In order to avoid costly emergency heating or insulation work, the Council has produced guidelines which will allow residents who are interested in installing new insulation or updating their current heaters with ECO grant funding!

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

The Government has helped those who are low income and vulnerable with grants for energy needs. With Energy Company Obligation (ECO), the government requires energy suppliers to provide funding, such as heating or insulation assistance. Local Authority Flexible Energy is a program that offers help to people on a lower-income level without benefits in order to keep their homes from being too cold during winter months through potential grant opportunities available.
 
It’s important to understand the eligibility rules for energy-efficiency grants so that you can apply and get a grant. The borough council has published such guidelines in their Statement of Intent, which is available on their website or at your local library branch. The Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk have recently released information about how residents could be eligible for an energy efficiency grant.

2. What grants are available?

The types of grants available to residents living in the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk area include:

3. Who is eligible for grants?

As a homeowner, renter or tenant with an income that qualifies for funding then read more! 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 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.

Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk

If you DON'T claim benefits, the criteria for identifying households in fuel poverty in Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk are as follows:

Criteria for Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk eligible households

1. Fuel Poverty 

See eligibility table for Fuel Poverty thresholds

 

2. Vulnerable to Cold

  • The resident is in receipt of a health related benefits
  • The resident is aged 65 and over or children under 5 or is pregnant
  • The resident is on the Energy Companies Priority Services register
  • The resident has a health or vulnerability condition that can be exacerbated by living in a cold home within the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) 2015 guidance

 

5. How much could you get?

The grant amount you can get could be based on a range of factors. One of the biggest considerations is your heating as 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 are used to calculate lifetime savings calculation which provides installers with funding values for installations in different areas.

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

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When you’re looking for a boiler and insulation, it’s helpful to know that the grant is paid directly to the Registered Installer. When applying for funding, contributions are required towards installation cost in advance of quoting them before proceeding with your project. A free no obligation survey will help determine what funding is available so you can get started right away!

Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk 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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