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Energy Company Obligation Funding for Energy Efficiency Upgrades (2022-2026)

05th December 2022

Energy Company Obligation (ECO4) Funding 2022-2026

About ECO4:

Three Rivers District Council has access to a new phase of Energy Company Obligation (ECO) funding (ECO4) to help eligible residents improve the warmth of their homes and save money on their energy bills.

Under the scheme, eligible households can receive multiple fully funded energy efficiency measures such as wall, loft and underfloor insulation, heating controls, double/triple glazing, energy efficient boilers and low-carbon heating systems.

Funding for measures in the scheme is secured via the Government’s Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme and is delivered by obligated energy companies and grant agents.

ECO4 Projects in Three Rivers:

The Council is working in partnership with E.ON – an obligated energy company - to deliver a coordinated ECO4 home upgrade programme locally, but you do not have to be an E.ON energy customer to benefit.

You may have received a letter from Three Rivers District Council and E.ON inviting you to apply for ECO4 funding.

If you qualify for ECO funding, E.ON’s ECO team will help you access the funding, provide end-to-end customer support, and manage accredited installers to ensure works are completed to a high standard.

If you think you may be eligible for ECO4 funding, please contact E.ON to apply:

Main ECO Eligibility Criteria:

You could be eligible under main ECO criteria if:

You live in a home with an EPC rating of D, E, F and G for owner occupied homes (or EPC rating E, F and G for social housing and privately rented homes) and receive one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income based Jobseekers allowance (JSA)
  • Income related Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Housing Benefit
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Pension Credit Savings Credit
  • Working Tax Credit (WTC)
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC) *[see Table 1 for child benefit income caps]
  • Universal Credit (UC)

*Table 1: Child benefit income caps (before tax and National Insurance)

Type of Claimant

Number of children or qualifying young persons in household

1

2

3

4

Single claimant

£19,900

£24,800

£29,600

£34,500

Member of a Couple

£27,500

£32,300

£37,200

£42,000

 

You may also be eligible for ECO4 funding through the main ECO criteria if you are in receipt of the Warm Home Discount (WHD) and your home has an EPC rating of D, E, F or G if you own your home, or an EPC rating of E, F or G if you are privately renting.

Flexible Eligibility Criteria (for owner-occupied and privately rented households only):

If you are not in receipt of any of the above benefits or Warm Home Discount, then you could still be eligible for ECO funded energy efficiency measures under the Council’s ECO “Flex” criteria if you meet the criteria under at least one of the following Routes:

Route 1: Household Income

SAP bands D, E, F, or G owner-occupied households (or E-G for privately rented households) with annual household incomes less than £31,000 qualify for ECO4 funding through Route 1.

Route 2: Proxy Targeting

SAP bands E-G households can qualify for ECO4 funding if they meet a combination of two different proxies which suggest a household is low income or low-income and vulnerable.

To qualify through Route 2, households must live in a home with an EPC rating of E, F or G and meet any two of the following proxy criteria:

Proxy:

Description:

1*

Home is located in Lower-layer Super Output Area 1-3 (LSOA)[1] in England.

 

For LSOAs 1-3 in Three Rivers please see this list.

 

2

Householder(s) receives a Council Tax reduction (rebates based on low income only, excludes single person rebates).

 

3*

A householder is vulnerable to living in a cold home as identified in the NICE Guidance (only one from the list can be used, excludes the proxy ‘low income’)

 

See Table 1 for NICE criteria below.

 

Table 1

Characteristics/Conditions Which Make People Vulnerable to the Cold

i.                 people with cardiovascular conditions

ii.                people with respiratory conditions (in particular, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and childhood asthma)

iii.              people with mental health conditions

iv.              people with disabilities

v.               older people (65 years and older)

vi.              households with young children (new-born to school age)

vii.            pregnant women

 

Source: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Quality Statement and Guidance 2015 On Excess Winter Deaths And Illness Caused By Cold

4

 

A child living at the property receives free school meals due to low income.

 

5

A householder is supported by a Local Authority-run scheme that has been named and described by the LA as supporting low income and vulnerable households for the purposes of NICE Guideline.

 

 

In Three Rivers, residents may be eligible under this Proxy if they have:

·       Been supported by the Council’s Household Support Fund

OR

·       Completed a Warm and Well Assessment carried out by the National Energy Foundation’s Home Energy Support Service

 

 

6

A household referred to the Local Authority for support by their energy supplier or Citizen's Advice because they have been identified as struggling to pay their electricity and/or gas bills.

 

 

* Proxy 1 (LSOA) and Proxy 3 (NICE guidance) cannot be used together.  Instead, these two proxies must be used in isolation of each other and combined with a different proxy from the list above. This is because these are very broad criteria compared to the others in the list and may not target low income and vulnerable households by themselves.

Route 3: NHS Referrals

SAP bands D, E, F, or G owner-occupied households (or E-G for privately rented households) that have been identified by their doctor or GP as low-income and vulnerable, with an occupant who has severe and/or long-term health conditions that may be adversely impacted by living in a cold home.

These conditions must fall under one of the following categories:

  • Respiratory disease
  • Cardiovascular condition
  • Immunosuppression
  • Limited mobility

Households under this route can only be referred by:

  • An NHS Foundation Trust
  • An NHS Trust
  • An NHS Health Board
  • NHS General Medical Practitioner (GP)

Route 4: Bespoke Targeting

SAP bands D, E, F, or G owner-occupied households (or E-G for privately rented households) that are referred under Route 4: Bespoke Targeting.

Suppliers and LAs can submit an application to BEIS where they have identified a low income and vulnerable household, who are not already eligible under the existing routes.

Contact:

If you think you may be eligible for ECO4 funding, please contact E.ON to apply:

If you do not qualify for ECO funding, you can contact the Council’s Home Energy Support Service provided by Better Housing Better Health, for free, impartial advice on saving money on your energy bills and improving the energy efficiency of your home.

The Better Housing Better Health team can also help you identify alternative sources of funding for home energy efficiency improvements.

Statement of Intent (Flexible Eligibility Criteria)

The publication of this Statement of Intent (SOI) enables Three Rivers District Council to provide additional eligibility criteria under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Local Authority Flexibility route.
Please see the document below for the latest version of the Council's Statement of Intent which details the Council’s ECO Flex criteria in full:

ECO4 SOI Three Rivers Version 6 - 19 Oct 2022.pdf (pdf)

[1] The English Indices of Deprivation 2019 (publishing.service.gov.uk)

(Webpage updated December 2022).