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Energy Company Obligation flexibility criteria (fuel poverty)

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme aims to help residents who are living in fuel poverty, on low income, and vulnerable to the effects of living in a cold home.

Councils are now able to determine which homes are eligible by using a new 'flexible eligibility' mechanism (ECO Flex). Suppliers will be able to use this voluntarily for up to 10% of their affordable warmth obligation, meaning residents of Middlesbrough will be able to access an estimated funding pot of £64m for energy efficiency measures, rising to 25% in 2019 (around £162m).

The measures deliverable through ECO Flex are as follows:

  • cavity wall insulation
  • loft insulation
  • inefficient heating replacements
  • solid wall insulation

Middlesbrough Council updated Statement of Intent

ECO Flex LA declaration form

ECO Flex referral declaration form


If you're a resident of Middlesbrough and are interested in the scheme, you can get more information and make an application via Middlesbrough’s Affordable Warmth Partnership.

Middlesbrough Affordable Warmth Partnership
Phone: 0800 304 7084 (freephone)

More about the ECO scheme

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme was launched in January 2013. As of November 2016, it has delivered energy efficiency measures to 1.6 million households in Great Britain, of which over 891,000 are low income and vulnerable households, or households in specified areas of low income. After consultation, a review of the scheme was launched, which led to the relaunch of the programme in April 2017.