The Affordable Warmth Scheme of the Energy Company Obligation has a lesser known element called Local Authority Flexible Eligibility or LA Flex. LA Flex enables Local Authorities to grant fuel-poor households outside of the current benefits system, Affordable Warmth measures.
Local Authorities can do this thanks to LA Flex’s In-fill mechanism. Basically, local authorities can make households in an area eligible for certain affordable warmth grants by making a declaration that the homeowners or tenants there are either:
- Living in fuel poverty.
- Vulnerable to the effects of living in a cold home.
- Living in a building adjacent* to properties that match the criteria above.
*Properties are considered adjacent to one another if they are:
Same Building – Multiple properties in the same structure (e.g.block of flats).
Immediately Adjacent Buildings – Structures that are physically joined or separated by an alleyway, footpath, parking space, side garden or fence.
Same Terrace – A row of houses that are part of a continuous structure.
Affordable Warmth in-fill mechanism
ECO3 has a second in-fill mechanism that can help people even without a declaration from their local authority. Through the Affordable Warmth (AW) in-fill, as long as at least 66% of the households in an area fall under the Affordable Warmth eligibility criteria, the Solid Wall Insulation (SWI) and District Heating (DHS) of ALL adjacent properties can be improved using ECO3 funding.