North Warwickshire Borough Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

North Warwickshire Borough Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

The North Warwickshire Borough Council has a flexible energy policy that allows residents to apply for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) grants. The council’s set of rules will allow potential homeowners or businesses who want heating upgrades, insulation installation and more in their homes the opportunity to do so!

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

The Local Authority Flexible Energy or LA Flex is a way for those who are living on low incomes and vulnerable to cold homes but do not receive benefits from the government. Fuel poverty has become an increasingly harsh reality in North Warwickshire Borough during this pandemic with many people facing difficult choices about how they will afford to heat their homes while also dealing with increased energy costs.
 
North Warwickshire Borough Council has published their eligibility rules for the grant scheme. The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) was established by government legislation to provide funding towards households most vulnerable and low-income members, through set criteria that all suppliers are required to implement into any new or renewal contract they offer customers on behalf of Ofgem. The intention behind this is designed specifically around helping disadvantaged groups within society who may not have access otherwise due to financial and other circumstances.

2. What grants are available?

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

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 Warwickshire Borough Council

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

Criteria for North Warwickshire Borough Council eligible households

Low-Income Households

  • Gross household income of £8,900 to £25,700 annually
  • The Property’s EPC rating of E, F or G
  • Properties that have been classified as a category 1 hazard due to excess
    cold having been identified.

Vulnerable to Cold

  • people with cardiovascular conditions
  • people with respiratory conditions (in particular, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and childhood asthma)
  • people with mental health conditions
  • people with disabilities
  • older people (65 and older)
  • households with young children (from new-born to school-age)
  • pregnant women
Coleshill North
Curdworth
Coleshill South
Water Orton
Fillongley
Arley and Whitacre
Hurley and Wood End
Dordon
Polesworth West
Newton Regis and Warton
Polesworth East
Baddesley and Grendon
Kingsbury
Hartshill
Atherstone South and Mancetter
Atherstone Central
Atherstone North

 

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

5. How much could you get?

You may be eligible for a grant if you want to install insulation. The amount of the grant depends on many factors, but one consideration is how much heating your property currently uses and whether it’s been there before or not because those rules put emphasis on existing sources as well as previous ones that have already been installed at some point during construction.

Another factor in determining funding value comes from where people live–if they can find an installer close by who has availability then this could affect what kind of payout they ultimately receive from their application.

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 grant, there are no repayment requirements. Where contributions might be required towards installation cost, an applicant can request quotes ahead of time for costs that will then be explained during their free consultation with you before proceeding any further. The survey determines how much funding one has available.

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

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