Which Councils are on the UK ECO Grant Naughty or Nice List This Christmas?

Which Councils are on the UK ECO Grant Naughty or Nice List This Christmas?

According to data released by the UK government, an estimated 3.26 million households live in fuel poverty in England. Estimates suggest that 10% of excess winter deaths are due to fuel poverty, and 21.5% are attributable to cold homes.

Given the gravity of these statistics, one might expect that councils nationwide would engage in basic efforts to mitigate these avoidable tragedies. Energy Saving Genie, however, reveals that many are turning their backs on the country’s most vulnerable as we move into the colder months.

The UK Government’s Energy Company Obligation scheme, currently in its fourth phase known as ECO4, is designed to provide vital energy-saving improvements to vulnerable households.

Qualified applicants and properties can benefit from extensive home improvements, including heating upgrades, insulation, and renewable energy installations. Yet, the complexity of the scheme has posed significant challenges for applicants. For individuals receiving qualifying benefits, applying for grants across the UK is relatively straightforward. However, those without benefit claims but with health conditions or vulnerabilities must navigate a substantially more complicated route called ‘ECO4 Flex.’

However, before an applicant can access the grant via ECO4 Flex, councils must publish a Statement of Intent on their website and issue a declaration to the installer or managing agent to confirm eligibility. Unfortunately, many councils have not yet published Statements of Intent despite the scheme commencing in July 2022. Worse still, some councils have no intention of doing so.

Kate Hallewell, spokesperson for Energy Saving Genie, expressed concern: “While we understand that councils are facing challenges, it’s heart-breaking to turn away eligible applicants due to a lack of council cooperation. We need swift changes in the scheme’s rules or mandatory action to prevent councils from blocking their residents from accessing essential funding.”

For some of the councils that have released Statements of Intent, their approach has posed additional hurdles for applicants. For instance, some councils that have released Statements of Intent charge over £500 per application for issuing a declaration, making the scheme unaffordable for many residents.

As a result, terminal cancer patients, individuals with heart conditions, frail elderly citizens, and many others have been turned away. Some applicants have tragically passed away while awaiting council Statements of Intent.

So, which councils are leaving their vulnerable residents in the cold with soaring energy bills when they could benefit from the Government’s £4 billion Energy Company Obligation grant scheme?

The Nice List – these councils have released a Statement of Intent, and their residents can apply for grants through ECO4 Flex

CategoryCouncil Name
Nice ListAdur District Council
Nice ListAmber Valley Borough Council
Nice ListArun District Council
Nice ListAshfield District Council
Nice ListAshford Borough Council
Nice ListBabergh District Council
Nice ListBarking and Dagenham Council
Nice ListBarnet Council
Nice ListBasingstoke & Deane Borough Council
Nice ListBassetlaw District Council
Nice ListBath and North East Somerset Council
Nice ListBexley Council
Nice ListBirmingham City Council
Nice ListBlackburn with Darwen Borough Council
Nice ListBlackpool Council
Nice ListBolsover District Council
Nice ListBolton Borough Council
Nice ListBoston Borough Council
Nice ListBournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council
Nice ListBracknell Forest Borough Council
Nice ListBradford City Council
Nice ListBraintree District Council
Nice ListBreckland District Council
Nice ListBrent Council
Nice ListBristol City Council
Nice ListBroadland District Council
Nice ListBromley Council
Nice ListBroxbourne Borough Council
Nice ListBuckinghamshire Council
Nice ListBurnley Borough Council
Nice ListBury Borough Council
Nice ListCalderdale Borough Council (not currently accepting applications at 10th January 2024 until they recruit an officer to manage applications)
Nice ListCambridge City Council
Nice ListCamden Council
Nice ListCannock Chase District Council
Nice ListChelmsford City Council
Nice ListCheltenham Borough Council
Nice ListCherwell District Council
Nice ListCheshire West and Chester Council
Nice ListChesterfield Borough Council
Nice ListChichester District Council
Nice ListChorley Borough Council
Nice ListCity of London Council
Nice ListColchester Borough Council
Nice ListCornwall Council
Nice ListCotswold District Council
Nice ListCoventry City Council
Nice ListCrawley Borough Council
Nice ListCroydon Council
Nice ListDacorum Borough Council
Nice ListDarlington Borough Council
Nice ListDartford Borough Council
Nice ListDerby City Council
Nice ListDerbyshire County Council
Nice ListDerbyshire Dales District Council
Nice ListDevon County Council
Nice ListDoncaster Borough Council
Nice ListDorset Council
Nice ListDover District Council
Nice ListDudley Borough Council
Nice ListDurham County Council
Nice ListEaling Council
Nice ListEast Cambridgeshire District Council
Nice ListEast Devon District Council
Nice ListEast Hampshire District Council
Nice ListEast Lindsey District Council
Nice ListEast Staffordshire Borough Council
Nice ListEast Suffolk Council
Nice ListEast Sussex County Council
Nice ListEastbourne Borough Council
Nice ListEnfield Council
Nice ListEpping Forest District Council
Nice ListErewash Borough Council
Nice ListExeter City Council
Nice ListFenland District Council
Nice ListForest of Dean District Council
Nice ListFylde Borough Council
Nice ListGateshead Borough Council
Nice ListGloucester City Council
Nice ListGreenwich Council
Nice ListHackney Council
Nice ListHalton Borough Council
Nice ListHammersmith and Fulham Council
Nice ListHaringey Council
Nice ListHarrow Council
Nice ListHastings Borough Council
Nice ListHavering Council
Nice ListHerefordshire Council
Nice ListHertsmere Borough Council
Nice ListHigh Peak Borough Council
Nice ListHillingdon Council
Nice ListHorsham District Council
Nice ListHounslow Council
Nice ListHuntingdonshire District Council
Nice ListHyndburn Borough Council
Nice ListIpswich Borough Council
Nice ListIsle of Scilly Council
Nice ListIsle of Wight Council
Nice ListIslington Council
Nice ListKensington and Chelsea
Nice ListKings Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council
Nice ListKingston upon Thames
Nice ListKnowsley Borough Council
Nice ListLambeth Council
Nice ListLancaster City Council
Nice ListLeeds City Council
Nice ListLeicester City Council
Nice ListLewes District Council
Nice ListLewisham Council
Nice ListLichfield City Council
Nice ListLincoln City Council
Nice ListLiverpool City Council
Nice ListLuton Borough Council
Nice ListMaidstone Borough Council
Nice ListManchester City Council
Nice ListMedway Council
Nice ListMerton Council
Nice ListMid Devon District Council
Nice ListMid Suffolk District Council
Nice ListMid Sussex District Council
Nice ListNew Forest District Council
Nice ListNewcastle Upon Tyne City Council
Nice ListNewcastle-Under-Lyme Borough Council
Nice ListNewham Council
Nice ListNorth Devon District Council
Nice ListNorth East Derbyshire District Council
Nice ListNorth Kesteven District Council
Nice ListNorth Lincolnshire Council
Nice ListNorth Norfolk District Council
Nice ListNorth Northamptonshire Council
Nice ListNorth Somerset Council
Nice ListNorth Tyneside Borough Council
Nice ListNorthumberland County Council
Nice ListNuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council
Nice ListOldham Borough Council
Nice ListOxford City Council
Nice ListPendle Borough Council
Nice ListPeterborough City Council
Nice ListPlymouth City Council
Nice ListPreston City Council
Nice ListRedbridge Council
Nice ListRedcar and Cleveland Borough Council
Nice ListRibble Valley Borough Council
Nice ListRichmond upon Thames
Nice ListRochdale Borough Council
Nice ListRossendale Borough Council
Nice ListRother District Council
Nice ListRotherham Borough Council
Nice ListRugby Borough Council
Nice ListRushcliffe Borough Council
Nice ListRutland County Council
Nice ListSalford City Council
Nice ListSefton Borough Council
Nice ListSevenoaks District Council
Nice ListSheffield City Council
Nice ListShropshire Council
Nice ListSolihull Borough Council
Nice ListSomerset Council
Nice ListSouth Cambridgeshire District Council
Nice ListSouth Derbyshire District Council
Nice ListSouth Gloucestershire Council
Nice ListSouth Hams District Council
Nice ListSouth Holland District Council
Nice ListSouth Kesteven District Council
Nice ListSouth Norfolk District Council
Nice ListSouth Oxfordshire District Council
Nice ListSouth Ribble Borough Council
Nice ListSouth Staffordshire District Council
Nice ListSouth Tyneside Borough Council
Nice ListSouthampton City Council
Nice ListSouthwark Council
Nice ListSt Albans City Council
Nice ListSt Helens Borough Council
Nice ListStafford Borough Council
Nice ListStaffordshire Moorlands District Council
Nice ListStockport Borough Council
Nice ListStockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Nice ListStroud District Council
Nice ListSuffolk County Council
Nice ListSunderland City Council
Nice ListSutton Council
Nice ListSwindon Borough Council
Nice ListTameside Borough Council
Nice ListTamworth Borough Council
Nice ListTeignbridge District Council
Nice ListTelford and Wrekin Borough Council
Nice ListTest Valley Borough Council
Nice ListTewkesbury Borough Council
Nice ListThree Rivers District Council
Nice ListThurrock Council
Nice ListTorbay Council
Nice ListTorridge District Council
Nice ListTower Hamlets Council
Nice ListTrafford Borough Council
Nice ListUttlesford District Council
Nice ListVale of White Horse District Council
Nice ListWalsall Borough Council
Nice ListWaltham Forest Council
Nice ListWandsworth Council
Nice ListWatford Borough Council
Nice ListWealden District Council
Nice ListWest Devon District Council
Nice ListWest Lancashire District Council
Nice ListWest Lindsey District Council
Nice ListWest Northamptonshire Council
Nice ListWest Oxfordshire District Council
Nice ListWest Suffolk Council
Nice ListWest Sussex County Council
Nice ListWestminster Council
Nice ListWigan Borough Council
Nice ListWiltshire Council
Nice ListWinchester City Council
Nice ListWirral Borough Council
Nice ListWolverhampton City Council
Nice ListWorthing Borough Council
Nice ListWyre Borough Council
ECO4 Flex - which councils have released a statement of intent

The Naughty List – these councils have NOT released a Statement of Intent, and their residents cannot apply for grants through ECO4 Flex until they do

CategoryCouncil Name
Naughty ListBarnsley Borough Council
Naughty ListBasildon Borough Council
Naughty ListBedford Borough Council
Naughty ListBlaby District Council
Naughty ListBrentwood Borough Council
Naughty ListBrighton and Hove City Council
Naughty ListBromsgrove District Council
Naughty ListBroxtowe Borough Council
Naughty ListCanterbury City Council
Naughty ListCastle Point District Council
Naughty ListCentral Bedfordshire Council
Naughty ListCharnwood Borough Council
Naughty ListCheshire East Council
Naughty ListCity of York Council
Naughty ListCumberland Council
Naughty ListEast Hertfordshire District Council
Naughty ListEast Riding of Yorkshire Council
Naughty ListEastleigh Borough Council
Naughty ListElmbridge Borough Council
Naughty ListEpsom & Ewell Borough Council
Naughty ListFareham Borough Council
Naughty ListFolkestone and Hythe District Council
Naughty ListGedling Borough Council
Naughty ListGosport Borough Council
Naughty ListGravesham Borough Council
Naughty ListGreat Yarmouth Borough Council
Naughty ListGuildford Borough Council
Naughty ListHarborough District Council
Naughty ListHarlow District Council
Naughty ListHart District Council
Naughty ListHartlepool Borough Council
Naughty ListHavant Borough Council
Naughty ListHinckley and Bosworth Borough Council
Naughty ListHull City Council
Naughty ListKirklees Borough Council
Naughty ListMaldon District Council
Naughty ListMalvern Hills District Council
Naughty ListMansfield District Council
Naughty ListMelton Borough Council
Naughty ListMiddlesbrough Borough Council
Naughty ListMilton Keynes Council
Naughty ListMole Valley District Council
Naughty ListNewark & Sherwood District Council
Naughty ListNorth East Lincolnshire Council
Naughty ListNorth Hertfordshire District Council
Naughty ListNorth Warwickshire Borough Council
Naughty ListNorth West Leicestershire District Council
Naughty ListNorth Yorkshire Council
Naughty ListNorwich City Council
Naughty ListNottingham City Council
Naughty ListOadby & Wigston Borough Council
Naughty ListPortsmouth City Council
Naughty ListReading Borough Council
Naughty ListRedditch Borough Council
Naughty ListReigate & Banstead Borough Council
Naughty ListRochford District Council
Naughty ListRunnymede Borough Council
Naughty ListRushmoor Borough Council
Naughty ListSandwell Borough Council
Naughty ListSlough Borough Council
Naughty ListSouthend-on-Sea Borough Council
Naughty ListSpelthorne Borough Council
Naughty ListStevenage Borough Council
Naughty ListStoke-on-Trent City Council
Naughty ListStratford on Avon District Council
Naughty ListSurrey Heath Borough Council
Naughty ListSwale Borough Council
Naughty ListTandridge District Council
Naughty ListTendring District Council
Naughty ListThanet District Council
Naughty ListTonbridge & Malling Borough Council
Naughty ListTunbridge Wells Borough Council
Naughty ListWakefield City Council
Naughty ListWarrington Borough Council
Naughty ListWarwick District Council
Naughty ListWaverley Borough Council
Naughty ListWest Berkshire Council
Naughty ListWestmorland and Furness Council
Naughty ListWindsor and Maidenhead Borough Council
Naughty ListWoking Borough Council
Naughty ListWokingham Borough Council
Naughty ListWorcester City Council
Naughty ListWorcestershire County Council
Naughty ListWychavon District Council
Naughty ListWyre Forest District Council

Please note that this list is a work in progress, and Energy Saving Genie encourages councils to release their Statements of Intent to move to the “Nice List.”

If it’s believed a council can be moved to the Nice List, their Statement of Intent link can be emailed to hello@energysavinggenie.co.uk, who will update the list within 48 hours.

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