Tewkesbury District Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

Tewkesbury District Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

The Tewkesbury District Council has a flexible energy policy that allows residents to apply for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) grants.


A set of rules have been published on the council’s Statement of Intent which will allow interested property owners and renters and eligible households to install insulation or upgrade their heating and receive ECO grant funding from the government!

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

The government wants to be there for you, no matter what. They want to make sure that your needs are met and they can provide peace of mind during uncertain times by providing some assistance in these hard situations.
 
The government has been working with energy suppliers to help vulnerable and low-income households. Recently, the Tewkesbury District Council published a document called Statement of Intent – which gives residents access grants that provide them more efficient heating and insulation!

2. What grants are available?

The types of grants available to residents living in the Tewkesbury District 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?

The program will be able to help everyone- homeowners, living in housing associations and renters. 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.

Tewkesbury District Council

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

Criteria for Tewkesbury District Council eligible households

LOW INCOME + HIGH COSTS (EPC)
Households must have an annual income in stated thresholds AND an EPC rating of E, F, G (or equivalent) to be eligible.

LOW INCOME + HIGH COSTS (EPC) + VULNERABILITY

  • Households must have an annual income in stated thresholds AND an EPC rating of E, F, G (or equivalent) to be eligible.
  • Aged over 60, and particularly those over 75
  • Children under 5 and pregnant mothers
  • Respiratory disease (COPD, asthma)
  • Cardiovascular disease (e.g. ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular
    disease)
  • Moderate to severe mental illness (e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar
    disorder)
  • Substance misusers
  • Dementia
  • Neurobiological and related diseases (e.g. fibromyalgia, ME)
  • Cancer
  • Limited mobility
  • Haemoglobinopathies (sickle cell disease, thalassaemia)
  • Severe learning disabilities
  • Autoimmune and immunodeficiency diseases (e.g. lupus, MS, diabetes, HIV)

Aberdeen City Council Energy Company (ECO) Eligibility

QuestionResponseScore
Was the home built before 1983?Yes10
No-5
Is the home of a non-traditional construction e.g. solid wall?Yes8
No-4
What type of home is it?Detached4
Semi-detached2
End terrace2
Mid terrace0
What is the main heating fuel?Gas-10
Electricity0
Oil or other fuel8
Does the property have three bedrooms or less?Yes6
No-2
Does at least one member of the household spend most of the day in the home?Yes4
No0
This table details the criteria that Aberdeen City Council uses for Energy Company Obligation (ECO) eligibility (from their Statement of Intent published. on 30 June 2020).
GL19
GL2 
GL20
GL3 
GL4 
GL51
GL52
GL53
GL54
GL56
WR11
WR12
WR8 

 

Highnam with Haw Bridge
Severn Vale North
Tewkesbury North & Twyning
Brockworth West
Innsworth
Severn Vale South
Churchdown St John's
Tewkesbury South
Tewkesbury East
Isbourne
Northway
Winchcombe
Churchdown Brookfield with Hucclecote
Badgeworth
Brockworth East
Shurdington
Cleeve Grange
Cleeve Hill
Cleeve St Michael's
Cleeve West

 

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

5. How much could you get?

The amount of the grant depends on a range of factors. One major consideration is how you heat your property as Ofgem rules place an emphasis on what heating system was used before or if any, at all. Heating and other key information like wall type can be used to calculate lifetime savings calculations which will give installers funding values for their work.

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 is a grant, you will not be required to repay. Where contributions are necessary towards installation costs, they can easily be quoted in advance by the installer or explained before proceeding with work. The free no-obligation survey determines what funding opportunities might be available!

Tewkesbury District Council flexible energy (LA Flex) rules are detailed in this Statement of Intent

A full list of all local authority flexible energy rules can be found on the gov.uk website

Apply for a grant

Check eligibility for grants

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