In a direct response to the Climate Emergency, the District Council's in Somerset have jointly signed a EcoFlex Statement, declaring their intent to improve energy efficiency in their areas.
Energy Company Obligation - is a requirement placed on energy companies over a certain size to help improve domestic energy performance of the homes of those vulnerable to the cold or on low incomes. In the ECO3 phase there is a new additional facility called Flexible Eligibility. This is where the Councils can set criteria to direct assistance towards local private sector homes at risk of fuel poverty, but falling outside of the normal rules of ECO (usually qualifying benefits).
Following broad guidance from the department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Councils can access Flexible Eligibility funds on the production of this Statement of Intent. This allows the Councils to set qualifying criteria to target local residents at risk of from fuel poverty. Residents meeting these agreed criteria, subject to the appropriate Council issuing a signed Declaration and a favourable survey report may be assumed eligible by Energy Companies for ECO funded energy efficiency improvements. The statement provide more information.