LA Flex is an extension of the Energy Company Obligation (currently ECO4) Scheme which provides an additional means to help reduce fuel poverty in the UK. It specifically allows Local Authorities to set out their own guidelines and qualifying criteria to help low-income households access energy saving grants, even if they do not receive benefits.
How does LA Flex funding work?
Participating Local Authorities will provide a ‘Statement of Intent’ on their website which outlines the eligibility criteria, so householders can understand how they may be able to qualify for a grant. Zing Energy will carry out an initial data collection survey, submit this information to the Local Authority, who will then assess the information in accordance with OFGEM requirements. If successful, a declaration will be issued to the householder and Zing Energy can continue to survey stage.
What are the qualifying criteria?
Each participating Local Authority may have slightly different qualifying criteria in order to qualify for LA Flex grants. However, a householder may be eligible due to a range of factors, some of which may include:
- Household income threshold as defined by the Local Authority
High Energy bills:
- Annual household energy bills are significant percentage of total income
- EPC rating of property is E, F or G
Vulnerable to the cold:
- Aged 70+
- Has cardiovascular condition
- Respiratory condition
- Autoimmune disease
What are the energy saving measures available?
There are a number of energy saving measures available under the LA Flex program, including:
- Air Source Heat Pump
- Boiler upgrade
- Cavity wall insulation
- External Wall Insulation
- First Time Central Heating
- Internal Wall Insulation
- Loft insulation
What are the key benefits of securing LA Flex funding?
LA Flex provides a lifeline for many people who may be in low-income circumstances, or who may be suffering from a serious health ailment but cannot qualify for an energy saving grant through other Government funding initiatives. By qualifying for the LA Flex program, and having various energy saving measures installed, the householders will benefit from:
- Lower heating bills
- A more energy efficient home
- Reduced carbon footprint
- More pleasant living conditions
How can Zing Energy help?
Zing Energy are currently working with a number of Local Authorities who provide LA Flex funding to qualifying householders. We can help you with the initial application process, and if successful, will install the energy saving measures applicable to your home. To find out more, contact us today and our team of energy efficiency experts will help get you started.