Eligibility for Local authority flex
The eligibility criteria for LA Flex exhibit slight variations in comparison to the ECO4 program. LA Flex takes a more expansive approach, ensuring that households currently not covered by ECO4 but in need of similar home improvements can benefit from its provisions.
Under ECO4 (Energy Company Obligation), there are 4 routes to qualify for LA Flex, which are detailed below.
Route 1: Income-based Criteria
Individuals or households with a combined gross annual family income of £30,000 or less may be eligible for LA Flex. This includes any additional benefits, such as Housing Benefit, Income Support, Pension Credit or Universal Credit.
Route 2: Health-based Criteria
Those with a vulnerable health condition or disability that requires additional heating may also qualify for LA Flex. This includes individuals who are pregnant, elderly (over 60 years old), have young children (under 5 years old), or have a long-term illness or disability.
Route 3: Home-based Criteria
If an individual’s home is poorly insulated or has inefficient heating systems, they may be eligible for LA Flex. This includes properties with no insulation, inadequate loft insulation, damaged windows or doors, and outdated boilers.
Route 4: Area-based Criteria
Lastly, certain areas in the UK may be eligible for LA Flex based on high levels of fuel poverty and deprivation. This includes areas with a higher proportion of low-income households, older properties, and a lack of energy efficiency measures.