North Somerset Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

North Somerset Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

North Somerset Council is committed to making your home more energy-efficient and comfortable. The flexible policy will allow you the opportunity for insulation or heating upgrades on any eligible property. North Somerset has put together this helpful information about saving money through improvements such as those who may need some assistance with their own plans; we’re here every step of the way from planning to installation day.

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

North Somerset Council is giving you the chance to save on heating and insulation with their Energy Company Obligation (ECO) grant! Apply before time runs out, because this could be perfect if it’s something that interests you at all in finding ways how individuals might reduce our carbon footprint or produce less pollution overall.

2. What grants are available?

The types of grants available to residents living in the North Somerset 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?

Whether you are a homeowner, a housing association tenant or a private renter you could benefit from this scheme. 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.

North Somerset Council

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

Criteria for North Somerset Council eligible households

Low-Income Households

  • Households with an income of £9,300 to £26,800 or less (after paying for rent/mortgage)
  • Energy Performance Certificates (rated D, E, F&G)

Vulnerability to the 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) people who are terminally ill
f) people with suppressed immune systems (e.g. from cancer treatment or HIV)
g) people who move in and out of homelessness
h) people with addictions
i) people who have attended hospital due to a fall
j) recent immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees (if living in private tenure)
k) people aged 70 or above
l) children aged below 5
m) pregnant women

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Weston-super-Mare South
Long Ashton
Winford
Blagdon & Churchill
Wrington
Congresbury & Puxton
Backwell
Nailsea Yeo
Nailsea Golden Valley
Nailsea West End
Nailsea Youngwood
Yatton
Banwell & Winscombe
Pill
Gordano Valley
Portishead North
Portishead South
Portishead West
Portishead East
Clevedon South
Clevedon West
Clevedon Yeo
Clevedon East
Clevedon Walton
Weston-super-Mare South Worle
Weston-super-Mare Kewstoke
Wick St Lawrence & St Georges
Weston-super-Mare Mid Worle
Weston-super-Mare North Worle
Weston-super-Mare Milton
Weston-super-Mare Winterstoke
Weston-super-Mare Hillside
Weston-super-Mare Central
Weston-super-Mare Uphill
Hutton & Locking

 

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

5. How much could you get?

Are you looking for a way to save on your heating and keep cool with the seasons? The government has partnered with home improvement grants that can help.
The amount of grant money available will depend largely upon what type or size house it is, as well as factors like the number of bedrooms in question along with other specifications based on age-old research findings of energy efficiency levels among others!

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

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The grant is paid directly to the Registered Installer and because it’s a one-time payment, there are no repayment requirements. Where contributions towards installation costs are required they’ll quote for them in advance with an explanation of what you can expect from here all without any obligation or commitment whatsoever if this sounds like something that may be beneficial then let us know!

North Somerset Council flexible energy (LA Flex) rules are detailed in this Statement of Intent

The installers accepting applications in this area are:

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