Horsham District Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

Horsham District Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

The Horsham District Council has a flexible energy policy that allows residents to apply for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) grants.

The Council’s grant program makes it is possible for anyone who resides within the council’s boundaries to apply for funding that will cover up-to-date energy efficiency measures like installing insulation or more.

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

The Government’s Energy Company Obligation is a grant scheme that helps people to access home improvement grants. The Scheme gives local authorities the power to give individuals who are at risk of living in cold homes and not receiving benefits, funds for heating and insulation with LA Flex which will be run by each individual council.
 
The Horsham District Council has published their eligibility rules for the grant in a Statement of Intent, so residents can apply. This post will explain which residents within our district are eligible to apply and how much money is at stake!

2. What grants are available?

The types of grants available to residents living in the Horsham District 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.

 

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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.

Horsham District Council

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

Criteria for Horsham District Council Fuel Poor Households

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
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West Chiltington, Thakeham & Ashington
Pulborough, Coldwaltham & Amberley
Steyning & Ashurst
Bramber, Upper Beeding & Woodmancote
Henfield 
Cowfold, Shermanbury & West Grinstead
Colgate & Rusper
Denne 
Trafalgar 
Holbrook West
Southwater North
Rudgwick 
Broadbridge Heath
Itchingfield, Slinfold & Warnham
Roffey North
Holbrook East
Roffey South
Southwater South & Shipley
Billingshurst
Forest 
Nuthurst & Lower Beeding
Storrington & Washington

 

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?

The amount of money you will be granted for your grant depends on a lot. The biggest factor in this calculation is how much heating your home needs now so that it can tell you roughly what to expect if there are installers available near where you live and want to heat up their residence. There are also factors such as heating in your home or even wall type that can contribute to how much money you might get, so it’s worth exploring all possible options.

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

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The perfect home is finally within reach. If you’re ready to take advantage of a no-obligation survey, in order to find out how much funding you qualify for and what will be required before these upgrades can go through on your behalf, the all-new grant program should have something for everyone!

Horsham District 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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Check eligibility for grants

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