Woking Borough Council Flexible Energy Rules for Energy Company Obligation grants

Woking Borough Council Flexible Energy (LA Flex)

The Woking Borough Council has been looking out for its residents’ best interests by providing them with a flexible energy policy and grant program that can help cut heating costs significantly over time!

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

The government is helping those who live in cold homes with their Energy Company Obligation. The LA Flex program run through local authorities provides funding for insulation and heating!
Woking Borough Council is giving away grants to help the environment! They’ve published all of their rules and processes for applicants. Don’t miss out on this opportunity- before it’s too late!!

2. What grants are available?

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

Everyone will benefit from the program- from the homeowner, tenant in a housing association and renters. The easiest way to see if you are eligible is to use our eligibility checker here.

eco scheme eligibility rules for pensioners


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.

Woking Borough Council

If you DON'T claim benefits, the criteria for identifying households in fuel poverty in Woking 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)



Mount Hermon
St John's
Goldsworth Park
Hoe Valley
Byfleet and West Byfleet


The eligibility does not guarantee the grants. 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 grants for installing a home energy audit depend on the type of property you live in and measures installed. There’s range factors that go into how much money can be given, such as what kind or wall material your house has; if there are any bedrooms inside this also matters when figuring out lifetime savings & funding!

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

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There are no repayment requirements for the installer because this is just about installation work. They’ll quote in advance before starting any installations at all! Once you receive an estimate on what funding may come through grants, then it’s time to get everything ready so we can start immediately with your project- Get excited and let us know how much money has been obligated towards installing these new windows or doors today!

Woking 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.