Gwynedd Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

Gwynedd Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

Fuel prices may be rising, but you can still help to conserve energy. The Gwynedd Council offers grants for heating insulation or replacing your old inefficient heater with a new one that follows easy-to-follow rules!

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

Gwynedd Council has announced a major step towards making things easier for government members by introducing LA Flex, which allows each council to create guidelines about what grants they’re going after. This means less time spent on figuring out the eligibility requirements and more focus can be put into completing applications! So it’s a pretty simple way of saving money on your heating bills–you just need a few minutes reading this article where you’ll get all the information you need!

2. What grants are available?

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

3. Who is eligible for grants?

Whether you’re an owner, renter or living in a housing association, read on to learn more about what factors may apply to you!

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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.

Gwynedd Council

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

Criteria for Gwynedd Council eligible households

Low-Income and High Cost

  1. The property must have a rating of F or G on an EPC or have a score 15 points greater at the table 
  2. The property must have a rating of E on an EPC or have a score of more than 10 and a maximum of 14 in the table

 

Vulnerable to Cold

  1. Aged over 60
  2. Children under 5 and those in primary and secondary school education or a pregnant mother
  3. Respiratory disease (COPD, Asthma)
  4. Cardiovascular disease
  5. Moderate to severe mental illness
  6. Substance misusers
  7. Dementia
  8. Neurobiological and related diseases
  9. Cancer
  10. Limited mobility
  11. Haemoglobinopathies
  12. Severe learning disabilities 
  13. Autoimmune and immunodeficiency diseases
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LL23
LL33
LL35
LL36
LL37
LL38
LL39
LL40
LL41
LL42
LL43
LL44
LL45
LL46
LL47
LL48
LL49
LL51
LL52
LL53
LL54
LL55
LL56
LL57
LL58
LL59
LL60
LL61
SY20

 

Llandderfel
Bala
Llanuwchllyn
Arllechwedd
Hendre
Aberdovey
Tywyn
Bryn-crug/Llanfihangel
Llangelynin
Dolgellau South
Dolgellau North
Brithdir and Llanfachreth/Ganllwyd/Llanelltyd
Trawsfynydd
Abermaw
Diffwys and Maenofferen
Bowydd and Rhiw
Teigl
Harlech
Dyffryn Ardudwy
Llanbedr
Porthmadog West
Penrhyndeudraeth
Porthmadog-Tremadog
Porthmadog East
Dolbenmaen
Clynnog
Llanystumdwy
Criccieth
Pwllheli South
Pwllheli North
Llanbedrog
Efail-newydd/Buan
Abererch
Morfa Nefyn
Nefyn
Llanaelhaearn
Abersoch
Llanengan
Botwnnog
Aberdaron
Tudweiliog
Groeslon
Bontnewydd
Llanwnda
Seiont
Peblig (Caernarfon)
Penygroes
Talysarn
Llanllyfni
Waunfawr
Menai (Caernarfon)
Cadnant
Bethel
Y Felinheli
Cwm-y-Glo
Llanrug
Penisarwaun
Deiniolen
Llanberis
Pentir
Deiniol
Hirael
Garth
Marchog
Menai (Bangor)
Dewi
Glyder
Ogwen
Tregarth & Mynydd Llandygai
Gerlan
Corris/Mawddwy

 

5. How much could you get?

The heating at your property can make all the difference, especially when it comes to grant funding. For example, if you have existing or previous heating equipment installed in your home this will affect how much installers are willing to pay for installing new equipment. The amount they’re able to fund depends on information like where you live and what type of walling has been installed before so check these details out when applying!

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 and because it is a grant, you don’t need to worry about paying them back! Where contributions are required towards the installation cost, they will quote for costs in advance. To avoid any surprises or hidden fees of additional expenses that may be incurred before beginning work on site.

Gwynedd 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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