Energy efficiency grants – ECO and Flexible eligibility


Energy Company Obligation

Qualifying householders can access funding to upgrade heating or improve home insulation through the government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.

ECO is a requirement placed upon energy companies to help improve the domestic energy efficiency of lower income homes.

Please note ECO funding runs in phases. Following a period of transition, the ECO4 scheme will run from 1st July 2022 until 31st March 2026. A number of changes to the measures offered in the new phase are proposed subject to Parliamentary approval. This may result in pauses in available funding and measures through some providers until confirmed.

 

To find out if you are eligible for ECO funding consider searching a competent person register such as TrustMark to find an installer. Many installers partner with obligated energy suppliers to deliver measures – you may be able to apply directly through an energy supplier.

 

Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility is dependent on the receipt of certain benefits and stipulations concerning the existing property characteristics such as a maximum existing level of loft insulation and whether the current heating system is in working or broken. Please note that the offer available may differ between energy suppliers and you may need to be a customer with some providers.

Households need to meet Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) requirements:

Homeowners:

  • Band D-G

Private Tenants:

  • Band E-G (Landlords cannot typically rent out a property that does not meet the minimum E requirement under Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) legislation.

 

Householder eligibility:

There are two ways you can qualify for ECO funding:

 

  1. In receipt of qualifying benefits (Affordable Warmth criteria):

Any member of a household needs to be in receipt of one of the following:

Under ECO4, the qualifying benefits for grants are expected to be:

  • Income based Jobseekers allowance (JSA)
  • Income related Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Working Tax Credit (WTC)
  • Child Tax Credits (CTC)
  • Universal Credit (UC)
  • Housing Benefit (new eligible benefit under ECO4)
  • Pension Credit Savings Credit (new eligible benefit under ECO4)

Or

  • Receive Child benefit with a household income within the following thresholds:

A single adult with 1 child: £19,800

A single adult with 2 children: £24,600

A single adult with 3 children: £29,400

A single adult with 4 or more children: £34,200

Couple with 1 child: £27,300

Couple with 2 children: £32,100

Couple with 3 children: £36,900

Couple with 4 or more children: £41,700

Where applying through Affordable warmth criteria your chosen installer/supplier will advise on seeking evidence of eligible benefits being claimed within the household, often this can be done through a check via the Department for Work and Pension.

 

  1. Local Authority Flexible Eligibility:

 

Flexible eligibility or ‘ECO Flex’ is designed to allow Councils to set criteria to assist those who would fall outside of the normal ECO eligibility criteria but may still need financial assistance to make heating their home more affordable. This eligibility route is only applicable to private sector housing.

Leicestershire County Council has published eligibility criteria for residents living in the county. Eligibility is dependent on a combination of factors such as income, property characteristics, health and household energy efficiency.
Each applicant is individually assessed based on our published criteria as set out in the following Statement of Intent document.

If a member of your household is in receipt of Affordable Warmth benefits listed above, you will be directed to apply under these criteria directly with your preferred installer. You do not need to apply via the Local authority ECO Flex scheme.

 

UPDATE February 2022:

This offer has closed to applications at this time, the following information is provided for reference only.

In line with the proposed changes to ECO funding in 2022, Leicestershire County Council has withdrawn the current Flexible eligibility providers list offer from 25th February in order to redesign the scheme to conform to new requirements. Please check back for future offers.

ECO4 Statement of Intent: TO BE CONFIRMED

 

 

For information only:

ECO3 Statement of Intent applicable to 30th June 2022:

Click here to view Statement Of Intent

Click here to view Information sheet

 

For information on how we use and store personal data for this scheme please refer to the privacy notice available here:

https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/about-the-council/data-protection-and-privacy

 

Previous statement of intent criteria under ECO3 (now superseded):

Leicestershire County SOI Version 1.0 July 2019

Leicestershire County SOI Version 2.0 October 2020

Leicestershire County SOI Version 2.1 07 April 2021

Leicestershire County SOI Version 2.2 31 Aug 2021

 

If you are a provider or installer of ECO funded measures wishing to express interest in and request notification of future flexible eligibility initiatives, please email us at warmhomesecoflex@leics.gov.uk