Eastbourne Borough Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

Eastbourne Borough Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

Eastbourne Borough Council has a flexible, helpful policy on the matter and they will help residents apply for ECO grants if they are interested in seeking out grant assistance from an Energy Company Obligation (ECO) grant program. The council has published some fairly detailed rules on Statement of Intent which allow you to install insulation or upgrade your heating system if you’re happy with applying for an ECO Grant offered by the council

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

In the ECO program, electric companies provide you with a service that is designed to help reduce your carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. Not only will this measure lower your electricity bill by lowering consumption but it can also get more efficient appliances for the rest of this year- leading you on an easy path towards saving money!

Eastbourne Borough Council has published a guide called Statement of Intent. This document will allow councils to create guidelines for what grants they are going after, so less time is spent on figuring out eligibility requirements and more energy can be put into completing applications!

2. What grants are available?

The types of grants available to residents living in the Eastbourne Borough Council area include:

3. Who is eligible for grants?

 Landlords and renters alike often have to deal with the stress of dealing with housing associations as well! Fortunately, this article will provide useful information for all parties involved. The easiest way to see if you are eligible is to use our eligibility checker here.

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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.

Eastbourne Borough Council

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

Criteria for Eastbourne Borough Council eligible households

a. Low-Income 

For low-income threshold see the table here

b. Vulnerable to Cold

a. people with cardiovascular conditions.
b. people with respiratory conditions (in particular, chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease and childhood asthma)
c. people with mental health conditions
d. people with disabilities
e. older people (65 and older)
f. households with young children (from new-born to school-age)
g. pregnant women
The following groups will also be considered vulnerable to the effects of living in a
cold home:
h. people with drug or alcohol dependency
i. people who have attended hospital due to a fall
j. people whose discharge from hospital or social care accommodation has been, or would be, delayed due to a cold home
k. people with a terminal illness
l. people with a suppressed immune system e.g. from cancer treatment or HIV

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5. How much could you get?

When applying for a grant, your heating system has the power to significantly affect how much money you get. For example, if it’s in need of repair or replacement then this will lower your chances because heaters that are functioning well come with more worth on Ofgem rules. This is important when considering what type and size heater you have at home (or had before) so make sure to think about all aspects as they can help determine which grants might work best for your needs!

Your installation value will be calculated accordingly based on all these variables such as wall material, number of bedrooms etc., which should help installers know exactly where their funding would best go towards making someone’s life warmer!

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

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The Council installation grant is a prepaid offer that must be accepted by the Registered Installer, not you so there’s no risk. The survey determines how much money they can give your project before giving an estimate from their company which means this process beats any other option!

Eastbourne 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

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