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What is the Energy Company Obligation?

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is an obligation on energy suppliers aimed at helping households cut their energy bills and reduce carbon emissions by installing energy saving measures.

How are the Council involved and what is the “flexible eligibility” mechanism?

To ensure it meets its commitment to tackling fuel poverty, the Government extended the ECO scheme and introduced a new mechanism; enabling participating Councils to determine which households meet the criteria for support. This mechanism is known as "flexible eligibility".

Which households are eligible for support?

There are two main categories of private tenure household that the Government intends to be eligible through "flexible eligibility":

  1. Fuel poor households, especially those that are not in receipt of ECO eligible benefits, and the estimated 20% of fuel poor households that are not in receipt of any benefits; and
  2. Low income households that are vulnerable to the effects of living in a cold home

 In addition some non-fuel poor homes will be allowed for solid wall insulation projects, as long as a proportion of the households in the project are in fuel poverty or living in the cold.

Our Statement of Intent

We are awaiting Local Authority guidance on the new ECO4 scheme. Once this has been issued we will update our position in regards to any future Statement of Intent.

How do I apply?

Contact an obligated energy supplier or a contractor who is working under the scheme (the council cannot recommend independent contractors). Ofgem has a list of Frequently Asked Questions containing details of the obligated energy suppliers.

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