Surrey County Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

Surrey County Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

The Surrey County Council has a flexible energy policy that allows residents to apply for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) grants. The council’s grant program makes it possible for anyone who resides within the boundaries of this county, or even just lives in one specific area within their region, can receive funding through the application process if they are willing and able meet certain criteria as well!

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

The Government’s Energy Company Obligation grant scheme is designed to help people at risk of living in cold homes, who are not receiving benefits. The LA Flex program will be run by each individual council and provide funds for heating & insulation that can be used towards your home improvement needs. It has created an obligation-based funding system called ECO where local authorities have power as well as provide assistance with finances.
 
The Surrey County Council has published their eligibility rules for the grant in a Statement of Intent, so residents can apply. This post will explain which residents within our district are eligible and how much money is at stake!

2. What grants are available?

The types of grants available to residents living in the Surrey County 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?

Every homeowner, tenant in a housing association and renter would benefit from this 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.

Surrey County Council

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

Low-Income Households

  • The household’s occupants are not in receipt of benefits (if in receipt of benefits, they are eligible under standard ECO Affordable Warmth criteria), and
  • The household’s income (after housing costs) is below the set threshold based on household composition, and
  • The household has savings of less than £10,000

High Energy Costs

  • The property is eligible for an ECO measure and,
  • The property has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of D, E, F or G or
  • Where no EPC exists, a set of questions will be used to assess the likelihood of the property having high energy costs
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The eligibility does not guarantee the funding. For more information, please read the full Statement of Intent in order to see if it’s a good fit for your project!

5. How much could you get?

The amount of money you will be granted for your grant depends on a lot. Factors like the size and condition of your home, as well as its current heating needs, wall types, and number of rooms determine what it could cost to install new heaters or make repairs in order to provide adequate levels throughout all rooms – so don’t miss out!

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

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The perfect home is within reach! The grant is paid directly to the Registered Installer and because it’s a one-time payment, there are no repayment requirements. Where contributions are required towards installation cost, they will quote for you in advance so that everything can go smoothly from the start. If you’re ready to take advantage of a no-obligation survey, in order to find out how much funding qualifies and what will be required before these upgrades can go through on your behalf.

Surrey County Council flexible energy (LA Flex) rules are detailed in this Statement of Intent

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