Free survey and grant under ECO3 if your tenants are on benefits

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8:22 AM, 21st August 2020
About 2 months ago

Free survey and grant under ECO3 if your tenants are on benefits

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Free survey and grant under ECO3 if your tenants are on benefits

Hi All, I’ve recently got involved with surveying properties under the ECO3 scheme which is funded by the ‘big 6’ energy companies in the UK. The scheme is designed to deliver energy efficiency and heating measures to homes throughout the UK. For instance, if your property has an old, inefficient boiler, or your loft or cavity wall hasn’t been insulated, then you could qualify for a grant to get a new energy efficient boiler and insulation measures.

To qualify for a free survey and potential new boiler and/or insulation measures, you must be on a government benefit. This applies to private tenants as well as homeowners, so if you know if any of your tenants are on benefits, then they may potentially qualify and can sign up for a free survey. All they will require from their landlords is consent for the survey and potential installation works to take place.

ECO3 (Energy Company Obligation Phase 3) is a Government energy efficiency scheme that has been set up to tackle fuel poverty and help reduce carbon emissions. The aim is to make the UK carbon free by 2050. The obligation also requires all energy suppliers to promote the installation of measures that lead to financial savings on energy bills.

The qualifying benefits are as follows:

• Child Benefits
• Child Tax Credit
• Income Support
• Jobseeker’s Allowance
• Employment Support
• Working Tax Credit
• Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
• Universal Credit
• Personal Independent Payment
• Disabity Living Allowance
• War Pensioners Mobility Allowance
• Constant Attendance Allowance
• Armed Forces Independent Payment
• Pension Credit Guarantee

Consultation outcome >> https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/energy-company-obligation-eco3-2018-to-2022

Energy Company Obligation: ECO3, 2018 to 2022

The government’s response to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO3) consultation sets out the policy of the scheme that will run from Autumn 2018 until March 2022. The scheme delivers energy efficiency and heating measures to homes in Great Britain.

The scheme’s other main policies include:

  • focusing the entire scheme to support low income, vulnerable and fuel poor households
  • reducing the current supplier obligation threshold of 250,000 customer accounts (or equivalent) for the scheme, in a phased way, to 150,000 customer accounts (or equivalent) from 2020
  • requiring 15% of measures to be delivered to rural homes
  • increasing the proportion of the scheme that can be delivered under local authority flexible eligibility to 25%
  • allowing up to 10% of a suppliers’ obligation to be met through the delivery of new, innovative products
  • supporting households that have a broken heating system by allowing the equivalent of 35,000 broken heating systems to be replaced per year
  • encouraging a multiple measure approach by allowing the replacement of inefficient heating systems to be replaced (outside of the broken heating system cap) if they are installed alongside insulation
  • requiring the equivalent of at least 17,000 solid walled homes to be treated per year, either through solid wall insulation, or using a combination of other technologies (if equivalent savings can be achieved in the property)

Ben


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Kash

19:04 PM, 21st August 2020
About 2 months ago

Please share the link or provide details on how to apply for this scheme?

Mark Jenkins ECO3 help

15:54 PM, 22nd August 2020
About 2 months ago

Reply to the comment left by Kash at 21/08/2020 - 19:04
Hi Kash,
Mark from Eco 3 help here.

How can I help you.
The grant is available only for those who either have a benefit or those who can for apply for the assistance through the local authority scheme rather than the 1 st route through the eco 3 scheme.
If you are in for example Luton you can look up :
https://www.luton.gov.uk (local authority flexibility eligibility- Luton Borough Council.
Every local council should have a LA Flex if your tenant is not on benefit but falls into the eligibility of the above.
It’s also part of Affordable Warmth assistance

Please take a look at the above site.
If you need any more help please let me know via markj6425@gmail.com

Thank you for looking up the eco 3 scheme.
Ben and myself are surveyors on the scheme and are here to assist.

Ben Richardson

9:04 AM, 23rd August 2020
About 2 months ago

The scheme covers England and Wales, with surveyors based all over the country. I try and cover mainly the North West region but can cover areas further out if required. If there are any Landlords north of the midlands, then you can always let me know at ben.richardson@ecomeasuresltd.org, anything south of the midlands and you're best contacting Mark on the above email. We can then further advise to see if either you or your tenants are eligable for the free survey and get you booked in, either by ourselves or a surveyor closer to your area.


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