London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

If you’re worried about your energy bills and you live in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Council area you might be in luck as we are currently accepting applications for the Government’s very generous £4 billion Energy Company Obligation (ECO) grant scheme.

Residents in Barking & Dagenham can apply for ECO grants and save money on their bills while simultaneously helping the environment! These grants aim to help everyone upgrade broken heating systems and install insulation and they are 100% free if your property qualifies.

1. What is the Energy Company Obligation grant scheme?

The London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Council has a flexible energy policy that allows residents to apply for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) grants! Whether you need heating system repairs, upgrades or insulations, the ECO grant is available and could help save money in your pocket.
 
Barking & Dagenham Council’s Statement of Intention is the key to finding out how you can get a grant. The Council has written down their eligibility rules for the grant in a statement of intention. This post will explain which residents are eligible, what they need to do, and just how much money is available.

2. What grants are available?

The types of grants available to residents living in the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham 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?

If you are a homeowner, living in a housing association, a tenant, and a renter, you will be able to benefit from the program! 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.

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Council

If you DON'T claim benefits, the criteria for identifying households in fuel poverty in London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Council are as follows:

Criteria for London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Council eligible households

  • Identifying Fuel Poverty (See eligibility of Low-Income Table)
  • Vulnerability to Cold – Health

i. Aged over 60 and particularly those over 75
ii. Children under 5 and pregnant mothers
iii. Respiratory diseases (i.e. COPD, asthma)
iv. Cardiovascular disease (i.e. ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular)
v. Moderate to severe mental illness (i.e. schizophrenia, bipolar)
vi. Substance misusers
vii. Dementia
viii. Neurobiological and related diseases (i.e. fibromyalgia, ME)
ix. Cancer
x. Limited mobility
xi. Haemoglobinopathies (i.e. sickle cell, thalassaemia)
xii. Severe learning disabilities
xiii. Autoimmune and immunodeficiency diseases (i.e. lupus, HIV, diabetes)

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

5. How much could you get?

The amount of money you will get for your grant depends on a lot. The biggest factor in this calculation is how much heating the council estimates that your home needs so they can calculate what energy-saving projects such as insulation or heaters are needed to make it more efficient and cost less each month.

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

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The grant will get you the installation that your home needs. It is paid directly to the Registered Installer, so there’s no need for repayment of any kind! The installer quotes costs before they begin work upfront too, which helps reduce unexpected costs during construction time. They’ll answer all questions about what funding may be available when conducting a survey at your home!

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Council flexible energy (LA Flex) rules are detailed in this Statement of Intent

The installers accepting applications in this area are:

  • EON

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