Lewes District Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

Lewes District Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

Lewes District Council has a flexible, helpful policy on the matter and they will 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 debates some detailed guidelines to show you how you can install insulation or upgrade your heating system with their support should one be looking at applying for an ECO Grant offered by them.

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

You can reduce your carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty with the ECO program. By lowering the consumption of electricity through simple steps like switching off lights when they are not needed or changing to more efficient appliances, you’re already on an easy path towards saving money.

The Lewes District Council has published a guide called Statement of Intent. This document will allow councils to better understand what grants they are going after, so less time is spent on figuring out eligibility requirements and more energy can be put into completing applications!

2. What grants are available?

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

3. Who is eligible for grants?

Homeowners, housing association tenants and private renters need not fret. The grant may just be the answer to all of your home improvement needs! 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.

Lewes District Council

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

Criteria for Lewes District Council eligible households

a. Low-Income 

For low-income threshold see the table here

b. Vulnerable to Cold

a. people with cardiovascular conditions.
b. people with respiratory conditions (in particular, chronic obstructive pulmonary
disease and childhood asthma)
c. people with mental health conditions
d. people with disabilities
e. older people (65 and older)
f. households with young children (from new-born to school-age)
g. pregnant women
The following groups will also be considered vulnerable to the effects of living in a
cold home:
h. people with drug or alcohol dependency
i. people who have attended hospital due to a fall
j. people whose discharge from hospital or social care accommodation has been, or would be, delayed due to a cold home
k. people with a terminal illness
l. people with a suppressed immune system e.g. from cancer treatment or HIV

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Kingston
Ditchling & Westmeston
East Saltdean & Telscombe Cliffs
Peacehaven West
Peacehaven North
Peacehaven East
Seaford South
Seaford Central
Seaford North
Seaford West
Ouse Valley & Ringmer
Seaford East
Plumpton, Streat, East Chiltington & St John
Lewes Priory
Lewes Castle
Lewes Bridge
Chailey, Barcombe & Hamsey
Newick
Newhaven South
Newhaven North
Wivelsfield

5. How much could you get?

The process of getting a grant could be confusing, but there is some good news. You will have to go through the application and heating efficiency assessment processes first before you know what type of funding value you qualify for. However, as long as your installation company can access an Ofgem-approved installer in order to get one done they’re usually eligible! Start by going into our website today so we can help figure out how much money may be available for installing insulation at your property!

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

Download your EPC

The Council installation grant is a prepaid offer that you must accept from the Registered Installer, not them. The survey determines how much money they can give your project before giving an estimate which means this process beats any other option!

Lewes 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

Apply for a grant

Check eligibility for grants

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