Gloucestershire City Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

Gloucestershire City Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

Want to save money and be environmentally conscious? Gloucestershire City Council has announced a new grant program that will help you do just that. If you’re looking into upgrading heating or insulation features, then take note. The council is giving out grants for any residents who are interested in improving their home’s efficiency by installing more eco-friendly heating and insulation.

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

No matter where life takes you, the government wants to be there with a helping hand. They want to make sure that no matter what happens your needs are met and they can help provide peace of mind during uncertain times by covering some costs, if possible, should fuel poverty or more expensive living arise from pandemic situations.
 
The government is working to provide funding for vulnerable and low-income households with the help of energy suppliers. Gloucestershire City Council has published their eligibility rules in a document called Statement of Intent, which allows residents to apply for grants that give them access to more efficient heating and insulation.

2. What grants are available?

The types of grants available to residents living in the Gloucestershire City 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?

If you’re a homeowner, housing association tenant or private renter then there is hope for us! 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.

Gloucestershire City Council

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

Criteria for Gloucestershire City Council eligible households

LOW INCOME + HIGH COSTS (EPC)
Households must have an annual income in stated thresholds AND an EPC rating of E, F, G (or equivalent) to be eligible.

 

LOW INCOME + HIGH COSTS (EPC) + VULNERABILITY

  • Households must have an annual income in stated thresholds AND an EPC rating of E, F, G (or equivalent) to be eligible.
  • Aged over 60, and particularly those over 75
  • Children under 5 and pregnant mothers
  • Respiratory disease (COPD, asthma)
  • Cardiovascular disease (e.g. ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular
    disease)
  • Moderate to severe mental illness (e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar
    disorder)
  • Substance misusers
  • Dementia
  • Neurobiological and related diseases (e.g. fibromyalgia, ME)
  • Cancer
  • Limited mobility
  • Haemoglobinopathies (sickle cell disease, thalassaemia)
  • Severe learning disabilities
  • Autoimmune and immunodeficiency diseases (e.g. lupus, MS, diabetes, HIV)

Aberdeen City Council Energy Company (ECO) Eligibility

QuestionResponseScore
Was the home built before 1983?Yes10
No-5
Is the home of a non-traditional construction e.g. solid wall?Yes8
No-4
What type of home is it?Detached4
Semi-detached2
End terrace2
Mid terrace0
What is the main heating fuel?Gas-10
Electricity0
Oil or other fuel8
Does the property have three bedrooms or less?Yes6
No-2
Does at least one member of the household spend most of the day in the home?Yes4
No0
This table details the criteria that Aberdeen City Council uses for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) eligibility (from their Statement of Intent published. on 30 June 2020).
Barnwood
Westgate
Elmbridge
Quedgeley Severn Vale
Kingsholm and Wotton
Barton and Tredworth
Quedgeley Fieldcourt
Longlevens
Moreland
Tuffley
Podsmead
Kingsway
Grange
Hucclecote
Coney Hill
Abbeymead
Abbeydale
Matson and Robinswood

 

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

5. How much could you get?

The amount of the grant you will receive depends on a range of factors. One big consideration is how well your current heating system works, as according to Ofgem rules they give an emphasis to existing or previous systems in their calculations for funding values. The type and number of bedrooms at your property are also considered when calculating savings over time which provide installers with information that helps them fund installations like these more easily.

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

Download your EPC

The grant is a way to help you with installation costs. If there are any contributions required, the installer will quote for them before beginning work on your home. The no-obligation survey can tell us what funding sources might be available to you so that we don’t waste time later!

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.