Chiltern & South Bucks District Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

Chiltern & South Bucks District Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

Chiltern & South Bucks District Council have grants available for insulation work or heating installation. This is perfect if you are looking to stay nice and warm during these chilly nights!

The Council is offering ECO grants for applicants who want to save money on their energy bills. If you’re interested in upgrading your own system, they can provide support up-front and give you access to competitive deals from local businesses that specialize in installing insulation systems – just take advantage of this opportunity before it’s too late.
The new guidelines released by the council offer great news for those looking to update their homes’ heating or cooling efficiency.

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

The government is here to help you. That’s why the government has created a new program called LA Flex. This will provide grants for low-income households that have been struggling with fuel poverty and these funds can be used on anything from home improvements to utilities!

The Chiltern & South Bucks District 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. This post explains the rules for eligibility, so that you can be sure to qualify before applying!

2. What grants are available?

The types of grants available to residents living in the Chiltern & South Bucks 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?

The program will help all those who need it, from homeowners to tenants. This is a great opportunity for people in the community because of its accessibility and how many people can benefit from this service! 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.

Chiltern & South Bucks District Council

If you DON'T claim benefits, the criteria for identifying households in fuel poverty in Chiltern & South Bucks District Council are as follows:

Criteria for Chiltern & South Bucks District Council eligible households

1. Low Income
Low income will be assessed against the values in the table

 

2. Vulnerability

A household with a full-time resident who has one of the following long term and chronic health conditions

  • 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
  • A substantial and permanent disability and is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance or Personal Independence Payment

A household with a full-time resident who is

  • An adult aged 60 or over
  • A child under the age of 5

 

3. Homes with a low energy rating 

Very inefficient properties are those that have:

  • an EPC banding of E, F or G and/or
  • be a Park Home
Central
Chalvey
Upton
Elliman
Cippenham Meadows
Farnham
Baylis and Stoke
Cippenham Green
Haymill and Lynch Hill
Britwell and Northborough
Cliveden
Farnham Common and Burnham Beeches
The Wooburns, Bourne End and Hedsor
St Mary's

 

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

5. How much could you get?

Ofgem has a range of factors for calculating the grant you receive. One big factor is your current heating system, which they take into account when determining how much money you can get to invest in an efficient heating system that will help save precious resources and lower your energy bills now and in the future.

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

Download your EPC

Your heating can have a huge impact on your potential to get funding for insulation. Ofgem places an emphasis on the type of wall and previous heating in determining how much grant money is available, but there are restrictions that need to be followed when choosing which installer you’ll use!
The fund will typically come directly from one of those approved Registered Installers near you so make sure before committing who they’ve been authorized by Ofgem as eligible for performing installations like this!

Chiltern & South Bucks 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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Check eligibility for grants

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