The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) is a government energy efficiency scheme in Great Britain to help reduce carbon emissions and tackle fuel poverty. It can provide funding for insulation and broken or inefficient heating systems.

The scheme began in April 2013, and over time it has been amended. The latest version is called ECO3 and will be available from October 2018.

Qualifying benefits for this scheme include:

  • Income Support
  • Income related Employment & Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Income based Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Pension Credit Guarantee (not savings credit)
  • Universal Credit*
  • Child Tax Credits*
  • Working Tax Credits*
  • Child Benefit* (as of November 2018)

*based on income thresholds and household composition


25% of the obligation is to be met through measures delivered under ‘Local
Authority Flexible Eligibility’ – also known as Local Authority Flex, LA flex, or ECOflex.

Our participating authorities, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Solihull, have further criteria which enable more people to benefit from the scheme, including:

  • Postcode area + an income lower than the countywide average.
  • A household income lower than the countywide average AND aged over 65, pregnant or with a child under 5 years
  • An existing health condition that is made worse by living in a cold home AND a household income lower than the countywide average, or an EPC rating of E or lower.
  • Privately owned household with a prepayment meter
  • Living in a property that is ex social housing
  • Lives in private rented sector (insulation measures only)

These vary based on council area. To see if you qualify give us a call for more information. You can contact us at our Freephone on 0800 988 2881.