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ECO Statement of Intent

ECO Statement Of Intent Guidance

Local Authority Flexible Eligibility Statement Of Intent

Under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Regulations 2017 - 2018 (ECO2t) local authorities can set their own eligibility criteria for funding for domestic energy efficiency measures. This funding is aimed at those within a local authority most likely to be in fuel poverty.


Eligibility Criteria:

Craven considers households as being at risk of fuel poverty if they are on a low income or are living in a priority ward and living in a high cost home in relation to energy use.

LOW INCOME is defined as where the household has a total gross income of less than £21,000

PRIORITY WARDS as defined by the Craven Private Sector Housing Stock Modelling Report (Jan 2012) are:

  • Skipton South
  • Skipton West
  • West Craven
  • Ingleton & Clapham
  • Barden Fell
  • Settle & Ribblebanks

HIGH COST HOMES are where they are either

a) EPC rating of E, F & G or

b) EPC rating of D; and property constructed with solid walls, non standard cavity walls, system built walls, no gas connection, no loft or

c) EPC rating of D; and household includes someone with a health condition made worse by cold or

d) EPC rating of D; and household includes someone over 70 years of age or child under 16


Energy companies can spend up to a maximum of 10% of their full obligation within these criteria. Local authorities must publish a statement of intent that defines who is eligible for funding before this can happen.

Craven District Council has adopt a targeted approach to implementing the forthcoming Flexible Eligibility policy initiative within the 2017/18 Energy Company Obligation regulations, through the Better Homes Yorkshire programme. The Craven Statement of Intent fits within this framework.

Craven District Council intends to work closely with energy companies, installers and customers to maximise the input of Flexible Eligibility ECO on fuel poor households. However fitting the criteria within the statement of intent does not guarantee that any individual household will benefit from energy saving improvements as the final decision on funding rests with energy suppliers and will depend on:

  • The survey carried out and installation costs calculated

  • the energy savings that can be achieved for a property, and

  • whether suppliers have achieved their ECO targets or require further measures to meet their ECO targets (this will affect the amount of funding available through the scheme)

View the latest Statement of Intent document:  pdf icon Local Authority Flexible Eligibility - Statement of Intent [1Mb].   

If you would like further information please contact Nina Pinder at  or on 01756 706392​​​