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ECO3 Flexible Eligibility - the mechanism that could benefit your household and your community

Irrespective of income, age or health, everyone deserves the right to a warm and comfortable home. Local Authority Flexible Eligibility (LA Flex) can ensure that there are equal opportunities for all individuals looking to improve energy efficiency, offering the peace of mind that comes with energy security.

Flexible Eligibility or LA Flex is a new phase of the ECO (Energy Company Obligation) Scheme, introduced by the Government to ensure it meets its commitment to tackling fuel poverty here in the UK. The new initiative enables participating Councils to broaden eligibility criteria of the help scheme and extend support to further households within their respective areas. This means that those who were otherwise denied grants could now reap the benefits of the ECO's Affordable Warmth scheme, particularly low-income households with high heating costs and those who are vulnerable.

In order to utilise this scheme, Councils are required to submit a Statement of Intent (SoL) that outlines eligibility criteria in line with the new guidelines, which can be found on the Government website. UK Energy Management (NE) can assist local authorities with the implementation of this scheme as well as the process of determining the qualifying criteria they wish to set to allow residents access to potential funding. This includes working with energy suppliers to identify which households would benefit from energy efficiency improvements.

LA Flex's In-fill mechanisms could help private tenants too

With the addition of LA Flex 'In-fill', the advantages of Affordable Warmth grants can be spread to homeowners and private tenants too, including those who do not meet the requirements of the local authority's SoL declaration. This mechanism allows your Council to make multiple households in the area eligible for support by declaring instances where: 

  • Individuals are vulnerable to the consequences of living within a cold home

  • Homeowners and tenants are living in fuel poverty 

  • Occupiers are living in a property adjacent to one that meets the SoL criteria - this includes multiple homes within one building, homes built in the same terrace, and immediately adjacent buildings. ​

 

​If 66% of an area's households meet the Affordable Warmth eligibility criteria, then all adjacent properties can receive funding towards solid wall insulation and other energy efficiency measures. This is subject to the tenants falling into the categories above. If you would like further information regarding this, please speak with the team at UK Energy Management (NE) today. We'll be more than happy to advise.

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To qualify for a new boiler you must be a homeowner with a qualifying benefit from those listed below. For all other measures privately rented properties with a qualifying benefit meet the qualification criteria.

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