Manchester City Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

Manchester City Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

Manchester City Council introduced a new, flexible energy policy that allows residents to apply for ECO grants. The council has published their set of rules which will allow residents the ability to receive money from these grants for heating or insulation work on their property.

This post offers information about Manchester’s newest program and how it can help you.

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

Manchester City Council’s new scheme, LA Flex, allows councils to create and publish their own eligibility requirements for grants. This means every council has an opportunity to improve the chances of receiving a grant with its published energy efficiency policy.

If you’re looking to save money on your heating bills or want a heater home, there are grants available for these. We have the resources and information that will help you get started today.

2. What grants are available?

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

3. Who is eligible for grants?

Whether you are a homeowner, a housing association tenant or a private renter you could benefit from this scheme. There are a few considerations when working out eligibility for grants and we’ve included the main eligibility factors below. The easiest way to see if you are eligible is to use our eligibility checker here.

eco scheme eligibility rules for pensioners


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.

Manchester City Council

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

Criteria for Manchester City Council eligible households

Income and Health
Low income (e.g. in receipt of income-related benefits, see below for a full list of benefits*, or a monthly income of less than £800 after paying mortgage or rent);

  • High energy costs (e.g. inadequate insulation or inefficient heating or energy bills of more than £1,400 per year if the property was heated adequately);
  • A household member of any age with a disability or long-term health condition that results in Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Coronary Heart Disease, Depression, Falls, Hypertension, Stroke or Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA). See the full list of eligible illnesses and vulnerabilities.
  • If the resident meets the above and wishes to have an ‘A’ rated boiler they will require a letter from their GP to confirm their illness, and the resident would also sign a self-declaration form.

Low Income

Where the Council has reasonable evidence that the total household income fits into the categories in the table

Health Conditions

  • Cardiovascular condition (incl. coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, transient ischemic attack)
  • Respiratory condition (incl. COPD, asthma)
  • Neurological or neurobiological condition (incl. dementia, Parkinson’s disease, MS, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, ME)
  • Musculoskeletal conditions (incl. arthritis, limited mobility, recently attended hospital due to a fall)
  • Blood conditions (incl. Sickle cell disease, thalassemia)
  • Cancer
  • Moderate to severe mental illness (incl. schizophrenia bipolar disorder and depression were receiving regular treatment)
  • Severe learning disabilities
  • Autoimmune or immunodeficiency diseases (incl. lupus, diabetes, HIV)
  • Terminally ill
  • Other illness exacerbated by cold (confirmed by GP)
  • Vulnerability
  • On the Priority Services register of partner supplier
  • Core Group WHD recipient
  • Victim of domestic violence
  • Recent bereavement
  • Moving in and out of homelessness
  • Recent immigrant or asylum seeker
  • Physical or sensory disability
  • Solid wall insulation “in-fill” projects
Miles Platting & Newton Heath
Ancoats & Beswick
Clayton & Openshaw
Gorton & Abbey Hey
Old Moat
Moss Side
Whalley Range
Didsbury West
Chorlton Park
Didsbury East
Woodhouse Park
Higher Blackley


5. How much could you get?

The amount that you receive for your new heaters can depend on what type of home you own, and if there was anything before it in place. Ofgem bases its calculations on how much each individual will save over their lifetime with current equipment or whether they have had any previous installations done to create this value. Heating costs such as walls and number of bedrooms along with grant availability factor into who receives more money after an installation has been completed based upon need at the time given by the installer.

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

Download your EPC

Manchester City Council flexible energy (LA Flex) rules are detailed in this Statement of Intent

Apply for a grant

Check eligibility for grants

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