Daventry District Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

Daventry District Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

Daventry District Council has a flexible energy policy that allows residents to apply for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) grants. The council’s published rules will allow you, the resident of Daventry district interested in installing insulation or upgrading your heating on any property owned by yourself; these can be relevant!

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

The Daventry District Council has just released the new rules for Local Authority Flexible Energy program which offers a great way to keep your home warm this winter. Make sure you check it out and there’s help with insulation or heating upgrades available in your area!

2. What grants are available?

The types of grants available to residents living in the Daventry District Council area include:

3. Who is eligible for grants?

Are you renting, owning your home, or living in a housing association? The Government is providing help with insulating homes. 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.

Daventry District Council

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

Criteria for Daventry District Council eligible households

Criteria for identifying households in fuel poverty

  • Households will be considered at risk of fuel poverty if they are determined to be on a low income and are likely to live in a home with high energy costs.
  • To be eligible for assistance the household income after housing costs (rent or mortgage payments) must fall within threshold levels reflecting household composition indicated in Table 1

Criteria for Identifying Households on low income and vulnerability to the cold

  • Cardiovascular disease (e.g. ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease)
  • Respiratory conditions including childhood asthma
  • Moderate to severe mental illness (e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder)
  • Substance misusers
  • Dementia
  • Cancer
  • Limited mobility
  • Aged 65 and over
  • Child under the age of 5
  • Is pregnant
  • people who are terminally ill and people with suppressed immune systems (for example from cancer treatment or HIV).
  • people who move in and out of homelessness
  • people with addictions
  • people who have attended hospital due to a fall
  • recent immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees (if living in private tenure)

5. How much could you get?

The amount of money you could receive for the grant will depend on a range of factors. The biggest consideration is whether or not your home’s heating system meets standards because it determines how much savings there are when considering fuel efficiency and safety issues with this type of installation in mind. It’s also important to take note if homes have many bedrooms; this helps calculate total lifetime benefits from installations that would be done at their property.

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

Download your EPC

You will never have to pay for your home energy audit. The grant is paid directly to the Registered Installer and because it’s a one-time payment, you don’t need any repayment plans! A free no-obligation survey determines what funding may be available on offer at that time which could lead to other sources too if needed – just fill the form below!

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