Waverley Borough Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

Waverley Borough Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

The Waverley Borough Council offers many ways for you to save money. They have an eco-friendly grant program that can help with heating upgrades, electricity bills are now more affordable due their flexible energy policy!

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

The UK has a new plan that will benefit those struggling with poverty and health issues related to it. The “LA Flex” is an initiative run by local authorities which provides funds such as if someone lives in cold homes – one of many at-risk factors for these types problems linked back into extreme levels, energy deprivation being just one example among others like lack access running water due directly from not having enough wealth where everybody deserves basic needs met regardless their circumstances or how much money they make each month!
 
The Waverley Borough 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 to apply and how much money is available!

2. What grants are available?

The types of grants available to residents living in the Waverley 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?

The program will help all those who need it- whether they’re homeowners, tenants in a housing association, or 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 3 ways to qualify for a grant:

1. Receiving a qualifying benefit
2. Receiving Child Benefit and meeting income rules
3. Through LA Flex or Local Authority Flexible Energy rules

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 18 months, the household will still be eligible for a grant.

Qualifying benefits include:

    • Armed Forces Independence Payment
    • Attendance Allowance
    • Carer's Allowance
    • Child Tax Credit
    • Constant Attendance Allowance
    • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
    • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) - income-based (not contribution-based ESA)
    • Income Support
    • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
    • Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) - income-based (not contribution-based JSA)
    • Pension Guarantee Credit
    • Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
    • Severe Disablement Allowance
    • Tax Credits (both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit)
    • Universal Credit
    • War Pensions Mobility Supplement
    • Working Tax Credit

If your client receives Child Benefit they 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 Person Child Benefit Income Thresholds

Number of childrenMaximum income
1£18,500
2£23,000
3£27,500
4+£32,000
The table shows the income limits for eligibility for the Energy Company Obligation Scheme for a single person. Income from all sources must not exceed the threshold detailed in the table.

Couple Child Benefit Income Thresholds

Number of childrenMaximum income
1£25,500
2£30,000
3£34,500
4+£39,000
The table shows the income limits for eligibility for the Energy Company Obligation Scheme for couples. Income from all sources must not exceed the threshold detailed in the table.

If your client is eligible through the Child Benefit route to eligibility they should apply as soon as they can. The Government's Green Homes Grant excluded Child Benefit recipients so potentially this eligibility route could be removed altogether in the next phase of the scheme.

If your client is over the limit then there is one final route to eligibility that we cover below.

Local authorities are allowed to expand the eligibility criteria for ECO so that more households can benefit from the scheme and they each are able to tailor energy efficiency eligibility rules to their respective area thanks to Local Authority or LA Flex schemes.

Each local authority is obligated to published a Statement of Intent that details their rules for eligibility.

There is a full list of each Statement of Intent on the Government website.

While each local authority has their own scheme generally if you have a poorly heated or insulated home indicated by a D, E, F or G rating on your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and an income of less than £25K per annum there is a good chance you will qualify. Or if you are vulnerable and/or have health conditions you might qualify regardless of how much you earn.

Waverley Borough Council

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

Low-Income Households

  • The household annual savings of £10,648 to £27,448
  • EPC Rating of D, E, F and G

 

Vulnerable to 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. older people (65 and older)
f. young children (under 5)
g. pregnant women
h. people with addictions
i. people who have attended hospital due to a fall
j. Terminal illness
k. suppressed immune system e.g. from cancer treatment or HIV (inclusion as
recommended by Health Booster Fund projects)

GU10
GU26
GU27
GU4 
GU5 
GU6 
GU7 
GU8 
GU9 
RH12
RH5 

 

Farnham Castle
Farnham Moor Park
Farnham Weybourne and Badshot Lea
Frensham, Dockenfield and Tilford
Elstead and Thursley
Hindhead
Farnham Bourne
Farnham Wrecclesham and Rowledge
Farnham Shortheath and Boundstone
Farnham Upper Hale
Haslemere Critchmere and Shottermill
Haslemere East and Grayswood
Chiddingfold and Dunsfold
Blackheath and Wonersh
Bramley, Busbridge and Hascombe
Shamley Green and Cranleigh North
Cranleigh West
Cranleigh East
Ewhurst
Alfold, Cranleigh Rural and Ellens Green
Godalming Central and Ockford
Godalming Holloway
Godalming Farncombe and Catteshall
Godalming Charterhouse
Godalming Binscombe
Witley and Hambledon
Milford
Farnham Hale and Heath End
Farnham Firgrove

 

The eligibility does not guarantee grants. To see if you qualify, read the full Statement of Intent!

5. How much could you get?

Apply for a grant! The amount of money you will receive is dependent on the type, so it’s important to find out how much heating needs before deciding what kind may apply.

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

Download your EPC

The installation grant will help with the cost and is paid directly to the installer. A contribution towards costs can be expected, but it does not need to be repaid! The contractor should explain funding options before quoting a price for them if necessary so there’s nothing hidden from you first-hand!

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

ELIGIBILITY

Check eligibility

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