The Energy Company Obligation (ECO)

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government scheme aimed at helping families on low income in the UK by providing grants towards the cost of a new highly efficient oil / LPG boiler.

How it works is a simple process

  1. Eligibility
    a. You must be an owner occupier or private tenant.
    b. You must receive the relevant means tested benefits or benefit combinations (see table below)
    c. Have an inefficient oil/LPG boiler
  2. Home Assessment
    a. A home assessment to check if it is suitable for a replacement boiler
    b. Includes an EPC and completion of relevant paperwork
    c. You will be advised if any contribution is required
  3. Installation
    a. Once chosen, you will be booked in for an install
    b. Boiler installed

BENEFITS CRITERIA

To be eligible for the boiler grant, a member of your household must receive one of the following six benefits or benefit combinations

Main Benefit Criteria 1 Additional Criteria 2
State Pension Credit Not Required
Child Tax Credit (Household income less than £16,010) Not Required
Income Related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) Plus one of these
a) Receive a work-related activity or support component (with ESA only)
b) Benefit recipient has responsibility for a child under 16 who lives with that person
c) Benefit recipient responsible for a young person 16 or over but under 20 in full time education (not University) / training
d) Benefit recipient receives child tax credit with a disability or severe disability element
e) Benefit recipient receives a disabled child premium
f) Benefit recipient receives a disability premium, enhanced diaibility premium or a severe disability premium
g) Benefit recipient receives a pensioner premium, higher pensioner premium or enhanced pensioner premium
Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) Plus one of these
a) Benefit recipient has responsibility for a child under 16 who lives with that person
b) Benefit recipient responsible for a young person 16 or over but under 20 in full time education (not University) / training
c) Benefit recipient receives child tax credit with a disability or severe disability element
d) Benefit recipient receives a disabled child premium
e) Benefit recipient receives a disability premium, enhanced disability premium or a severe disability premium
f) Benefit recipient receives a pensioner premium, higher pensioner premium or enhanced pensioner premium
Income Support Plus one of these
a) Benefit recipient has responsibility for a child under 16 who lives with that person
b) Benefit recipient responsible for a young person 16 or over but under 20 in full time education (not University) / training
c) Benefit recipient receives child tax credit with a disability or severe disability element
d) Benefit recipient receives a disabled child premium
e) Benefit recipient receives a disability premium, enhanced disability premium or a
severe disability premium
f) Benefit recipient receives a pensioner premium, higher pensioner premium or enhanced pensioner premium
Working Tax Credit (Household income less than £16,010) Plus one of these
a) Benefit recipient has responsibility for a child under 16 who lives with that person
b) Benefit recipient responsible for a young person 16 or over but under 20 in full time education (not University) / training
c) Benefit recipient receives a disability or severe disability premium
d) Benefit recipient is aged 60 years or over
Universal Credit Plus one of these
a) Benefit recipient has responsibility for a child under 16 who lives with that person
b) Benefit recipient responsible for a young person 16 or over but under 20 in full time education (not University) / training
c) Benefit recipient receives a limited capability for work element, ie limited capability
for work and work-related activity element
d) Benefit recipient receives Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
e) Benefit recipient receives Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
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