Kettering Borough Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

Kettering Borough Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

Kettering Borough Council provides a flexible energy policy that allows residents to apply for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) grants. The council has published their set of rules which will allow you and your family the opportunity to install insulation or upgrade heating on any property in Kettering, so long as it’s eligible!

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

Local Authority Flexible Energy or LA Flex is a way for those who are living on the lowest income levels to access grants that may help with heating and insulation. Fuel poverty has become an increasingly harsh reality in the Kettering Borough Council area as we face increasing energy bills during this pandemic, but there’s still hope!
 
Kettering Borough Council is committed to ensuring that all residents have access and opportunity. For those who are struggling financially, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) provides a way for them to take care of their energy needs without worrying about prices constantly going up or if they will be able to pay at all. Ketterings eligibility rules can be found in an easy read Statement of Intent which explains what you need do if your household meets these criteria so apply now before time runs out on this fantastic grant scheme

2. What grants are available?

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

The government is giving out grants to help with the cost of the rent. This could be a life-changing event for you, so make sure your application meets all requirements and apply now! 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.

Kettering Borough Council

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

Criteria for Kettering Borough Council eligible households

Criteria for identifying households in fuel poverty

  • Households will be considered at risk of fuel poverty if they are determined to be on a low income and are likely to live in a home with high energy costs.
  • To be eligible for assistance the household income after housing costs (rent or mortgage payments) must fall within threshold levels reflecting household composition indicated in Table 1

Criteria for Identifying Households on low income and vulnerability to the cold

  • Cardiovascular disease (e.g. ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease)
  • Respiratory conditions including childhood asthma
  • Moderate to severe mental illness (e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder)
  • Substance misusers
  • Dementia
  • Cancer
  • Limited mobility
  • Aged 65 and over
  • Child under the age of 5
  • Is pregnant
  • people who are terminally ill and people with suppressed immune systems (for example from cancer treatment or HIV).
  • people who move in and out of homelessness
  • people with addictions
  • people who have attended hospital due to a fall
  • recent immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees (if living in private tenure)

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

5. How much could you get?

With this amazing opportunity, you can save a lot of money on your energy bills! The amount depends on many factors including the heating at home. If it’s very cold or hot where one lives, then they might need different kinds of insulation for proper comfort levels in each room as well so don’t hesitate to ask an installer if needed when applying for these grants from us here today because we want everyone who is eligible to take advantage and get started right away.

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

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The grant is paid directly to your installer and there are no strings attached. Where contributions might be required towards installation costs, they’ll quote them in advance so that you can make an informed decision before proceeding with any work on-site – this way we know what kind of funding could potentially help us achieve our goal together. The free no-obligation survey also gives all information needed for the program!

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

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