Guidance

Energy Company Obligation (ECO): Help to Heat scheme - flexible eligibility

Guidance for local authorities on engaging with energy suppliers to identify households that would benefit from energy efficiency improvements.

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Energy Company Obligation: Flexible eligibility - guidance for local authorities

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Addendum to ECO flexible eligibility guidance: Data sharing for determination of eligibility and fuel poverty targeting - some legal requirements and general principles

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Statement of intent template (PDF version)

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Statement of intent template (Word version)

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List of Local Authority Statement of Intent links

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Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Help to Heat flexible eligibility, obligated energy suppliers will be able to use the ‘flexible eligibility’ mechanism for up to 10% of their ECO Affordable Warmth obligation by installing energy saving measures in premises that have been declared eligible by local authorities.

Participating local authorities will have to ensure these are households in private tenure living either in fuel poverty or living on a low income and who are particularly vulnerable to the effects of living in the cold. 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.

This guidance is aimed at local authorities and provides templates for the local authorities’ statement of intent and declarations, as well as guidance on the targeting of households.

We have published a list of links to ECO Flexible Eligibility Statements of Intent on Local Authority websites. Note that this is not an exhaustive list of published Statements of Intent. If there are any missing, please contact beisecoteam@beis.gov.uk with the link to the published SOI. This list will be updated periodically.

Published 11 April 2017
Last updated 29 December 2017 + show all updates
  1. List of local authority statements of intent updated.
  2. List of Local Authority SOI links updated.
  3. List of local authority statements of Intent added.
  4. Addendum to guidance published, providing info on legal requirements / general principles.
  5. First published.