Ceredigion County Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

Ceredigion County Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

It’s getting colder earlier each year. But don’t worry, there are grants available from the Ceredigion County Council for insulation work or heating installation that can help ease the burden on your energy bills and keep you nice and toasty during those cold nights!

The Council has just released new guidelines for applicants wishing to apply under the ECO grants program. They are offering a chance to save money on your energy, by investing in insulation and heating installation work. Now is an excellent opportunity if you’ve been considering upgrading your own home’s insulation systems!

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

The government wants to help you in your time of need, and now they have a new program just for those who are struggling with fuel poverty. Low-income households can receive grants through LA Flex which provides an innovative way for the vulnerable but don’t qualify as benefits recipients to access ECO funds that will improve their living situation tremendously!

The ECO Grants program from Ceredigion County Council helps to improve the environment and their Statement of Intent has helpful information on how you can apply. Read below for more details!

2. What grants are available?

The types of grants available to residents living in the Ceredigion County 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?

You deserve a safe and affordable place to call home. From subsidized housing, finding an apartment or owning your own house, we want all our clients to be comfortable with their living situation. 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.

Ceredigion County Council

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

Criteria for Ceredigion County Council eligible households

a) the property must have a rating of D, E, F or G on an EPC or have a score of 10 points or greater in the table

b) Be either that a household is fuel poor (spending 10% of household income on household fuel costs) or on a low income (on a means-tested benefit or have a
low contribution on a Test of Resources) and vulnerable. 

c) A member of the household is/has
i. Aged over 60 (proof of age necessary)
ii. Children under 5 and those in primary and secondary school education or a
pregnant mother
iii. Respiratory disease (COPD, asthma)
iv. Cardiovascular disease (e.g. ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease)
v. Moderate to severe mental illness (e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder)
vi. Substance misusers
vii. Dementia
viii. Neurobiological and related diseases (e.g. fibromyalgia, ME)
ix. Cancer
x. Limited mobility
xi. Haemoglobinopathies (sickle cell disease, thalassaemia)
xii. Severe learning disabilities
xiii. Autoimmune and immunodeficiency diseases (e.g. lupus, MS, diabetes,.HIV) 

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

5. How much could you get?

Why choose between saving money and comfortable home? With this grant program, you can have both. The grants provide free upgrades to homes that reduce energy usage and make them more efficient – all without costing the homeowner anything! As an added bonus, these improvements could also help homeowners save on their utilities by reducing heating bills even further. If your region has installers available locally then they are happy to assist with installation but if not don’t worry-applications are always free!

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 offers a no-cost, hassle-free installation. If you need help with your install costs or want more information about what funding may be available to you, the installers will be more than willing to give you quotes and answer any questions!

Ceredigion County 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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