South Staffordshire Borough Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

South Staffordshire Borough Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

With a flexible energy policy, the South Staffordshire Borough Council offers grants for home insulation and heating. The rules are easy to follow so make sure you check them out!

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

The Local Authority Flexible Energy program offers low-income households living on tight budgets access grants that they may use for energy efficiency measures like installing insulation or boilers; these are easier than ever before with help from our ECO grant!

The South Staffordshire Borough Council is making it even more convenient to receive an eco-friendly, yet cost-effective solution. The eligibility rules have been published on their Statement of Intent and this post will explain what you need in order to qualify!

2. What grants are available?

The types of grants available to residents living in the South Staffordshire 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?

A grant is available to help homeowners, renters and tenants with low income or who receive benefits. You’ll need a bit of qualification but it would be worth your time! 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.

South Staffordshire Borough Council

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

Fuel Poverty

  • Property EPC rating of E, F or G
  • Net income of £30,000 or less AND less than £30,000 in savings of any kind

 

Vulnerable to Cold

  • with a limiting long term or terminal illness
  • with a disability
  • who are 60 years or over
  • who are dependent children of 16 or under; or under 20 and in full-time education or approved training
DY10
DY11
DY3 
DY6 
DY7 
DY8 
ST17
ST18
ST19
TF10
TF11
WS11
WS12
WS3 
WS6 
WV10
WV11
WV15
WV3 
WV4 
WV5 
WV6 
WV7 
WV8 
WV9 

 

Kinver
Himley and Swindon
Wombourne South East
Trysull and Seisdon
Wombourne South West
Penkridge North East and Acton Trussell
Penkridge West
Penkridge South East
Brewood and Coven
Huntington and Hatherton
Wheaton Aston, Bishopswood and Lapley
Cheslyn Hay North and Saredon
Great Wyrley Town
Essington
Great Wyrley Landywood
Cheslyn Hay South
Featherstone and Shareshill
Wombourne North and Lower Penn
Codsall North
Perton Dippons
Pattingham and Patshull
Perton Lakeside
Perton East
Codsall South
Bilbrook

 

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

5. How much could you get?

The amount of your grant will depend largely on the state or condition of your heating. The Ofgem rules place an emphasis on existing, previous heaters and other key information like wall type for determining eligibility; this can be used as a calculation tool by installers in order to provide funding value which provides them with funds, they need so that you don’t have pay upfront costs up front!

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

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The grant is a one-time payment that will be paid directly to the installer. Where contributions are required towards installation cost, they’ll quote prices upfront so there won’t be any surprises during installation!

The free survey determines how much funding is necessary for improvements and after that, we know exactly where our responsibilities lie without further confusion about who should pay what share on different types of work like this project since it’s already determined by an accurate estimate based on the information given in advance.

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

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Check eligibility for grants

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