Haringey Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

Haringey Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

It’s no secret that many people want to make their homes more energy-efficient. Haringey Council is here for you! The council has a flexible, helpful policy on the matter and is willing to 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 have published some fairly detailed rules 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?

ECO is an energy efficiency scheme delivered through companies that help to reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. This measure can not only lower your electricity bill by lowering consumption, but also provide more efficient appliances for the rest of this year- helping you save money on utility bills!

The Haringey Council is making it 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!

2. What grants are available?

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

3. Who is eligible for grants?

This article will explain the factors that may apply to your situation as a landlord, renter or live in a housing association. The easiest way to see if you are eligible is to use our eligibility checker here.

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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.

Haringey Council

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

Criteria for Haringey Council eligible households

a. Fuel poor household (low income and high energy costs)
A household with a net annual income lower than the mean net annual income
for Haringey (equivalised, after housing costs). This is currently £26,200 per
annum.

  • High Energy Cost household (one or more of the following):
    i. A household living in a home with an Energy Performance certificate lower than band D
    ii. A household living in a home with a prepayment meter
    iii. A household where the main heating fuel is not gas
    iv. A household where at least one member of the household spends most of the day at home.

 

b. Identifying low-income households vulnerable to cold

  • is aged over 60, and particularly if over 75
  • is a child aged under 5
  • is pregnant
  • respiratory conditions (in particular, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma (especially childhood asthma)
  • cardiovascular conditions (e.g. ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease)
  • mental health conditions (e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder)
  • substance addiction
  • Dementia
  • neurobiological and related conditions (e.g. fibromyalgia, ME)
  • diagnosed with or recovering from cancer
  • limited mobility
  • Haemoglobinopathies (sickle cell disease, thalassaemia)
  • severe learning disabilities
  • supressed immune systems (e.g. from cancer treatment, lupus, MS, diabetes, HIV
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5. How much could you get?

Ofgem grants provide financing for those who want to install a home heating system. This could come in the form of an interest-free loan or as a rebate on your purchase price, depending on which is more affordable and what type you are installing. The amount of money varies based upon factors like where you live and whether there are any incentives available from local providers that will lower the total cost even further!

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

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The best news about your new home installation is that it’s all free! The grant pays for everything and you don’t have to repay anything. If there are any charges at the end, we’ll give you a quote before starting work on your house so make sure to schedule an appointment today!

Haringey 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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