Wellingborough Borough Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

Wellingborough Borough Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

Wellingborough Borough Council has a flexible energy policy that will allow you and your family the opportunity to install insulation or upgrade heating on any property in Welling borough so long as it’s eligible. The rules published by this council provide helpful information for homeowners looking into ways they can save money through more efficient homes such as those who may need assistance with their home improvements!

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

There’s an opportunity for you if your income level qualifies and grants are something that could help with heating, insulation costs. The Local Authority Flexible Energy or LA Flex program is a great way to get it done!
 
The electricity in your home is costly and a major expense. Now you can save money with Wellingborough Borough Council’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) grant! Eligibility rules are easy to understand, so apply before time runs out on this great offer from them!

2. What grants are available?

The types of grants available to residents living in the Wellingborough 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 government is giving out grants to help with the cost of energy bills. This could be a life-changing event for you, so make sure your application meets all requirements and apply now! 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.

Wellingborough Borough Council

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

Criteria for Wellingborough Borough Council eligible households

High Heat Costs

  • Energy Performance Certificates with a rating of E, F or G
  • Presence of prepayment meters, expenditure on fuel, housing type/age/condition such as park homes and non-traditional built homes, and heating types such as electrically heated homes, oil or LPG heating
  • Low-income households living in energy inefficient housing will be identified in the private rented sector through enforcement activity under the Housing Act 2004 and where relevant; the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015

Vulnerability to the Cold

  • 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)
  • Musculoskeletal conditions (incl. arthritis, limited mobility)
  • Recently attended hospital due to a fall
  • Personal circumstances will be taken into account

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

5. How much could you get?

There is a range of factors that come into play when determining eligibility for the government installation program. One important consideration is if your home already has heat, as it must be either existing or previous to qualify with all other programs due emphasis on this too! Other relevant information such as wall type and a number of bedrooms also influence how much money can potentially be available – but don’t worry installers will explain everything from start to finish during their consultation so make sure you ask them first hand at no extra charge.

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 one-time payment, there are no repayment requirements. Where contributions might be required towards installation costs in order for you to have your project completed on time.

Wellingborough 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.