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Local authority flex scheme

The Local authority flex funding scheme (also known as ECO Flex) is a government initiative to provide funding for energy efficient home improvements. It aims to help households in the UK reduce their energy bills and carbon emissions by making their homes more energy efficient.

What is the Local authority flex funding scheme?

The LA Flex scheme was launched in 2013, as part of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) programme. ECO is a government energy efficiency scheme that requires large energy suppliers to provide funding for energy saving measures in homes.

LA Flex is one of the three strands under ECO, along with Affordable Warmth and Carbon Saving Community Obligation.

The main objective of the LA Flex Funding Scheme is to provide local authorities with the resources they need to deliver high-quality services that meet the specific needs of their communities. This is achieved by giving them more control over how they allocate and spend their budgets.

What funding is available on the Local authority flex scheme?

Under the LA Flex scheme, eligible households can receive funding for a range of energy saving measures, including:

  1. Insulation: Loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, solid wall insulation.
  2. Heating systems: Boiler replacements or repairs, heating controls.
  3. Renewable technologies: Solar panels, air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps.

This financial support aims to alleviate the burden of upfront costs associated with these upgrades, making sustainable living a practical reality.

The amount of funding available will depend on various factors such as the type and size of your home, current energy efficiency levels, and the cost-effectiveness of the measures being installed.

The benefits of Local authority flex funding

The LA Flex scheme is meticulously designed to support homeowners currently not benefiting from any assistance programs. It targets individuals facing fuel poverty, residing in low-income households, or vulnerable to living in cold homes.The LA Flex scheme provides several benefits to households, including:

1. Reduced energy bills: By making your home more energy efficient, you can save money on gas and electricity bills.

2. Warmer homes: With better insulation and heating systems, your home will be more comfortable and warmer during the colder months.

3. Lower carbon footprint: Energy efficient improvements help reduce the amount of carbon emissions from your home, contributing to the fight against climate change.

4. Increased property value: Energy efficient homes are in high demand and can increase the value of your property.

5. Improved health and well-being: A warm, energy efficient home can have a positive impact on your physical and mental health. It can also help alleviate issues such as dampness and mould, which can lead to respiratory problems.

What funding is available on the Local authority flex Scheme?

Under the LA Flex scheme, eligible households can receive funding for a range of energy saving measures, including:

Insulation: Loft insulation, cavity wall insulation, solid wall insulation.
Heating systems: Boiler replacements or repairs, heating controls.
Renewable technologies: Solar panels, air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps.

This financial support aims to alleviate the burden of upfront costs associated with these upgrades, making sustainable living a practical reality.

The amount of funding available will depend on various factors such as the type and size of your home, current energy efficiency levels, and the cost-effectiveness of the measures being installed.

What makes Local authority flex different from the ECO scheme?

While both schemes fall under ECO, there are a few key differences between LA Flex and the main ECO scheme:

  • Targeted at local authorities: LA Flex is specifically aimed at households within certain local authority areas, whereas the main ECO scheme covers all eligible homes in the UK.
  • Different eligibility criteria: The eligibility criteria for LA Flex may differ from the main ECO scheme, depending on the local authority’s priorities and objectives.
  • More flexibility: As the name suggests, LA Flex offers more flexibility in terms of which measures can be installed and how they are funded. This allows for a tailored approach to meet the specific needs of each local authority.
  •  Higher funding rates: LA Flex may provide higher funding rates for certain measures compared to the main ECO scheme, making it more financially attractive for households. 

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.

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