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3. Local Authority Flexible Eligibility Statement of Intent

Energy Company Obligation ECO3

Local Authority Flexible Eligibility Statement of Intent

Local authority: East Devon District Council

Date of publication (valid from): 01/04/2021

Version: 3.2

Previous version number/date:  3.1 January 2020

 

1) Introduction

East Devon District Council welcomes the introduction of Flexible Eligibility (FE) part of Energy Company Obligation and intends to utilise this for the purposes of reducing fuel poverty or for those at risk from cold related illnesses in the district.

The Statement of Intent sets out how households will be assessed and declared eligible for ECO, in accordance with Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy BEIS guidance.

The scheme is part of the government’s Affordable Warmth Programme published by BEIS. We will contribute to the Council’s priorities for healthy, safe, strong and sustainable communities.

The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment local profile shows a fuel poverty rate for East Devon District (10.5% of the population) to be lower than Devon (12.2%) and the England level (11.0%)

EDDC is working to tackle poor housing and fuel poverty in the District through a combination of intervention and enforcement; support, signposting and referrals.

Meeting the flexibility criteria will not guarantee installation of measures.

The final decision will be made by the energy supplier or their agents/ contractors dependant on

i) The survey carried out by suppliers’ agents/ contractors and installation costs calculated.

ii) The energy savings that can be achieved for the property.

iii) Whether suppliers have achieved their targets or require further measures to meet their Energy Company Obligation targets.

Where funding is available from within the local authority to enable works to take place, for example through local carbon offset funds, this will be considered.

 

2) How we intend to identify eligible households

We will identify households that may benefit from ECO Flexible Eligibility using a two-step process, first they must meet our criteria for ‘low income’, then they must meet either the ‘high cost’ criteria of the indicator; or the ‘vulnerable to the cold’ criteria

Criteria for identifying households in fuel poverty

a)  Low Income

i)  For the ‘low income’ portion of this indicator, for a single person, we will consider a household in receipt of Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit, or with an income of less than £25,000 after tax and after paying for housing and energy costs.  With households of more than one in receipt of Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit or an income of less than, £35,000 after tax and after paying for housing and energy costs to be ‘low income’ for the purposes of this criteria.

b) High Cost

i)  For the ‘high cost’ portion of the indicator, eligible households will be identified as those that have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of ‘D’ ‘E’ or ‘F’.

These properties will be identified using EPC register.

ii)  In the event that a property does not meet this criteria, we will identify if the property falls into one of these additional categories which have been selected due to their high energy bills, hard to treat and hard to reach nature:

 

✔ Properties heated by a fuel other than mains gas

✔ System built properties

✔ Sheltered housing for the elderly

✔ Homes which require cavity wall insulation

✔ Homes which require a loft insulation top up

✔ Homes which require solid wall insulation

✔ Homes with a boiler which meets the ECO Qualifying Boiler criteria

✔ Privately rented properties (including HMOs)

 

Criteria for identifying low income and vulnerability to the cold (LIVC)

b)   Low Income

i)  For the ‘low income’ portion of this indicator, for a single person, we will consider a household in receipt of Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit, or with an income of less than £25,000 after tax and after paying for housing and energy costs.  With households of more than one in receipt of Council Tax Benefit, Housing Benefit or an income of less than, £35,000 after tax and after paying for housing and energy costs to be ‘low income’ for the purposes of this criteria.

And

d) People with the characteristics below as ‘vulnerable to the cold’ (LIVC)

i. Aged over 60

ii. Children aged 16 or under and pregnant women

iii. Respiratory disease (COPD, asthma)

iv. Cardiovascular disease (e.g. ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease)

v. Moderate to severe mental illness (e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar disorder)

vi. Substance misusers

vii. Dementia

viii. Neurobiological and related diseases (e.g. fibromyalgia, ME)

ix. Cancer

x. Limited mobility

xi. Haemoglobinopathies (sickle cell disease, thalassaemia)

xii. Severe learning disabilities

xiii. Autoimmune and immunodeficiency diseases (e.g. lupus, MS, diabetes, HIV)

xiv. Other illnesses exacerbated by cold (confirmed by GP)

xv. People who move in and out of homelessness

xvi. People who have attended hospital due to a fall

xvii. Recent immigrants and asylum seekers

 

c. “In-fill” projects

East Devon District Council will support households to take advantage of any allowable “in-fill” project when the minimum number of Fuel Poor or LIVC households is met.

 

3) Governance

a. Responsible officer

The officer’s below will be responsible for signing Declarations on behalf of the local authority.

Jody Harding

Job title: Principal Environmental Health Officer

Telephone:  01395 571572

Email: pshousing@eastdevon.gov.uk

 

Martin Prew

Job title: Technical Officer

Telephone: 01395 571572

Email: pshousing@eastdevon.gov.uk

b) All companies participating in the ECO scheme are expected to follow the East Devon District Council Code of Practice.

c) The approval process for Declarations, case review process and the Council’s

officers review will act to deter, prevent and detect fraud.

 

4) Referrals

a. Referrals may come from residents; other Council services; partner agencies; social care or health organisations; GPs; ECO providers; installers and agents.

 

5) Information sharing with suppliers/contractors

Declarations will be passed to suppliers/contractors through secure data transfer. And all data processed according to GDPR.

Suppliers and agents must provide information on the outcomes of these measures, including the nature of works and date completed following the Council’s Code of Conduct.

 

6) Evidence, monitoring and reporting

a. Anonymised data on the characteristics of households reached through FE will be

reviewed and reported to an appointed East Devon officer on a quarterly basis

b. The data above will include addresses of households assessed, how many were deemed

eligible and ineligible, and how many received heating and insulation improvements and other works completed and date completed.

c. Households with Declarations may be contacted by the Council after three months to review their experience of the process and quality of works.

 

7) Signature

I authorise the publication of this Flexible Eligibility Statement of Intent

John Golding

Strategic Lead Housing, Health &Environment

Signed by John Golding on 9/3/2021 

 

If you require to see the original document please email pshousing@eastdevon.gov.uk