Elmbridge Borough Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

Elmbridge Borough Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

The Elmbridge Borough Council offers a flexible energy policy that allows residents to apply for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) grants. The council’s grant program makes it possible for anyone who resides within the boundaries of this county, or even just lives in one specific area within their region can receive funding through an application process if they are willing and able meet certain criteria!

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

The Government’s Energy Company Obligation grant scheme is designed to help people at risk of living in cold homes, who are not receiving benefits. The LA Flex program will be run by each individual council and provide funds for heating & insulation that can be used towards your home improvement needs. It has created an obligation-based funding system called ECO where local authorities have power as well as provide assistance with finances – making it easier than ever before!
 
The council has published their rules on eligibility, so now you can apply. This post will explain which residents in Elmbridge fall under these criteria and how much money could be at stake if they were successful with approval!

2. What grants are available?

The types of grants available to residents living in the Elmbridge 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?

Every homeowner, tenant in a housing association and renter would benefit from this program. 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.

Elmbridge Borough Council

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

Low-Income Households

  • The household’s occupants are not in receipt of benefits (if in receipt of benefits, they are eligible under standard ECO Affordable Warmth criteria), and
  • The household’s income (after housing costs) is below the set threshold based on household composition, and
  • The household has savings of less than £10,000

High Energy Costs

  • The property is eligible for an ECO measure and,
  • The property has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D, E, F or G or
  • Where no EPC exists, a set of questions will be used to assess the likelihood of the property having high energy costs
KT10
KT11
KT12
KT13
KT14
KT15
KT22
KT6 
KT7 
KT8 
KT9 
TW16
TW17

 

Hinchley Wood and Weston Green
Claygate
Esher
Molesey West
Oxshott and Stoke D'Abernon
Cobham and Downside
Weybridge St George's Hill
Walton Central
Walton South
Oatlands and Burwood Park
Weybridge Riverside
Walton North
Hersham Village
Long Ditton
Thames Ditton
Molesey East

The eligibility does not guarantee the funding. For more information, please read the full Statement of Intent in order to see if it’s a good fit for your project!

5. How much could you get?

You may be eligible for a grant to help with the cost of installing new heaters or making repairs. The amount you’re granted depends on many factors, like the size and condition your home needs when it comes down to heating levels throughout all rooms – don’t miss out!

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

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The grant is paid directly to you and because it’s a one-time payment, there are no repayment requirements. Where contributions towards installation cost may be required in some cases for your upgrades or new construction project, they will quote these amounts before starting any work so that everything can go smoothly from beginning until end.

Elmbridge Borough Council flexible energy (LA Flex) rules are detailed in this Statement of Intent

Apply for a grant

Check eligibility for grants

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