Local Authority Funding

LA Flex is a Government grant to help people on low income get a new boiler and their home insulated.

See below for details or call us on 01992 504 655 to see if you qualify.

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is an obligation on energy suppliers aimed at helping households cut their energy bills and reduce carbon emissions by installing energy saving measures. Energy suppliers will be able to achieve up to 10% of their Affordable Warmth obligation by installing energy saving measures in households declared eligible by Local Authorities (LAs). This new mechanism is known as ‘flexible eligibility’ and allows LAs to make declarations determining that certain households meet eligibility criteria for a measure under the Affordable Warmth element of ECO. Flexible Eligibility is optional, and neither energy suppliers nor LAs are mandated to participate.

We intend to participate in this scheme, focusing on the category of private tenure low income households that are vulnerable to the effects of living in a cold home. We are approved installers, including but not limited to the following councils; East Hampshire & Havant, West Sussex, South Oxfordshire & The Vale of the White Horse, Hertfordshire, Colchester, Buckinghamshire, Nottingham – Rushcliffe.

  1. Fuel poor households can access the assistance they need, to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, regardless of property type, tenure or location.
  2. Residents can afford to heat their homes adequately, without having to reprioritize other financial and personal needs.
  3. Residents are not disadvantaged because of how they pay for their energy and are able to engage with a competitive energy market.

Flexible Eligibility Statement of Intent (SOI) aligns with these aims, by targeting support with energy efficiency in the households of those who may be at increased risk of immediate or long-term health issues through living in a cold home.

Please note, the final decision on whether any individual household can benefit from energy saving improvements under this Affordable Warmth scheme will be made by the obligated energy suppliers or their agents/contractors. Inclusion in a Declaration of Eligibility issued by said District Council to a supplier will not guarantee installation of measures. The final decision will depend on

i) survey carried out by suppliers’ agents/contractors and installation costs calculated,

ii) the energy savings that can be achieved for a property, and

iii) whether suppliers have achieved their targets or require further measures to meet their ECO targets.


How we intend to identify eligible households

The Fuel Poverty Partnership intends to target the ECO Help to Heat Flexible Eligibility scheme towards households on a low income, which are vulnerable to the effects of living in a cold home.Subject to availability of resources with the Council, and the legal use of data, the Council will target those most in need having regard to guidance on targeting from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). This will include:

  • Those living in private sector housing (rented or owner occupied) and in receipt of the relevant means-tested benefits and/or on a low income
  • We will cross-reference data on income with data that we hold or can access on Household Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), prepayment meters, expenditure on fuel, housing type/age/condition, heating type
  • Through our local network of health and social care professionals and volunteers

Households will be assessed using the following three criteria: Health, Low Income and Household Energy Efficiency.HealthHouseholds containing occupants whose health is at increased risk due to living in a cold home. The health conditions include those listed in National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) 2015 guideline NG6 “Excess winter deaths and illness and the health risks associated with cold homes”5. The presence of some of these health conditions will not in itself mean that someone is vulnerable, but will be used to help prioritize those in greatest need.People living in cold homes who are vulnerable to the associated health problems

  • people with cardiovascular conditions
  • people with respiratory conditions (in particular, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and childhood asthma)
  • people with mental health conditions
  • people with disabilities

People generally vulnerable to living in a cold home

  • older people (65 and older)
  • young children (under 5)
  • pregnant women
  • people who move in and out of homelessness
  • people with addictions
  • people who have attended hospital due to a fall
  • recent immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees (if living in private tenure)

People likely to spend a larger part of their time at home because of a long-term illness or a disability

  • people who are terminally ill
  • people with suppressed immune systems (e.g. from cancer treatment or HIV)

Other indicators which are more difficult to identify immediately – e.g.

  • mental health or physical health of family forced to live in the only heated room
  • households fallen into debt as a result of health issues and high energy costs

Where we cover

  •   Buckinghamshire
  •   Colchester
  •   Dacorum
  •   East Hampshire
  •   Havant
  •   Hertfordshire
  •   Rushcliffe
  •   South Oxfordshire
  •   Vale of the White Horse
  •   West Sussex

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