Dacorum Borough Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

Dacorum Borough Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

You’re best off not being cold during the winter! Apply now for a grant from Dacorum Borough Council that will help with insulation or installation. Remember, it’s never too late and your home can be as comfortable this coming winter season- apply today!

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

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

The government has created programs like LA Flex that will help lower-income families pay their energy bills with money specifically designated for them – so there’s absolutely nothing stopping you from applying today!

The Government wants to help vulnerable and low-income households this winter, so they’ve obligated power suppliers to provide funding for energy efficiency. Dacorum Borough Council has published their eligibility rules on the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) grant scheme in its Statement of Intent document which enables residents to apply for grants! This post explains how you can be eligible too!

2. What grants are available?

The types of grants available to residents living in the Dacorum Borough 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 is a helpful and informative resource for homeowners, renters, and those living in housing associations. 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.

Dacorum Borough Council

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

Criteria for Dacorum Borough Council eligible households

1. Household composition and Income Threshold

 

2. Vulnerability to Cold

  • People with cardiovascular conditions
  • People with respiratory conditions (in particular chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and childhood asthma)
  • People with mental health conditions
  • People with disabilities
  • People who are terminally ill
  • People with autoimmune and immunodeficiency diseases (e.g. lupus, cancer treatment, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, HIV)
  • People with neurobiological and related diseases (e.g. fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalomyelitis [ME])
  • People with Haemoglobinopathies (e.g. sickle cell disease, thalassaemia)
  • People aged over 60 years old, particularly those over 75 years old
  • Children aged under 5 years old and pregnant women
  • People with addictions
  • People who have attended hospital due to a fall
  • People diagnosed with dementia
  • Recent immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees (if living in private tenure)
  • People who move in and out of homelessness
  • Other illness exacerbated by the cold (confirmed by GP)
  • People with musculoskeletal conditions (e.g. arthritis, limited mobility)
  • Households that have acute or long-term debt
  • Householders that are in their home during working hours and/or have declared that they restrict heating use due to concerns about the energy bills

 

3. High Energy Costs

  • 100mm or less loft insulation
  • Unfilled cavity walls
  • Uninsulated non-cavity walls
  • No working heating system
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HP4 
HP5 
LU1 
LU6 
WD4 
WD5 

 

Watling
Hemel Hempstead Town
Boxmoor
Gadebridge
Adeyfield East
Chaulden and Warners End
Berkhamsted East
Bovingdon, Flaunden and Chipperfield
Grovehill
Ashridge
Apsley and Corner Hall
Adeyfield West
Leverstock Green
Highfield
Woodhall Farm
Tring West and Rural
Tring Central
Tring East
Northchurch
Aldbury and Wigginton
Kings Langley
Nash Mills
Bennetts End
Berkhamsted Castle
Berkhamsted West

 

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

5. How much could you get?

How much you get in funding often depends on a range of factors. One big consideration is the heating at your property, as Ofgem rules place an emphasis on existing or previous heating. Heating and other key information about your homes such as wall type and the number of bedrooms are used to calculate lifetime savings which give installers money for installing insulations and more if they’re available in that area.

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

Download your EPC

The grant is paid directly to the Registered Installer so you don’t have to repay them! The free survey can determine if there are any funding options that might be available for you.

Dacorum Borough 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

Apply for a grant

Check eligibility for grants

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