Eco 3 Grants – Do They Help Fuel Poverty?
Eco 3 Grants – Do They Help Fuel Poverty? Er No !
Eco Grants to upgrade heating & Insulation have been around since 2013, with other various similar schemes (Warm Front – Eaga etc ) also doing the same sort of thing for perhaps the previous 10 years too.
I do remember Warm Front and Eaga being more towards helping a lot more people in smaller houses unlike the current Eco 3 scheme which very much discriminates against those unfortunate to live in a home that does not save much carbon.
Eco 3 What Is Wrong With The Scheme ?
Small properties , mid terraced, flats, semi bungalows, maissonettes etc have been passed over for grants since the start of Eco with many people in fuel poverty unable to upgrade their heating or insulation due to the level of grant awarded to these properties. HEATING GRANTS DO NOT APPLY TO THESE PROPERTY TYPES !
Discrimination at its finest by the government who are only interested in their carbon targets and carbon statistics at the expense of the people who really need help with their heating.
Having been working in the Eco industry for the last 9 years as a lead generator, I have seen first hand how 4 -6 bedroom detached properties with expensive Mercedes cars on the drive , have been able to claim thousands of pounds worth of free measures i.e A 42 KW boiler RRp £ 3500 fitted & thousands of £ worth of free insulation too.
However, 75 year old Doris who lives in a 1 bed room flat and on minimal income, can claim nothing!
These large properties are well sought out by Eco installers as they are extremely profitable, with small properties not worth a bag of soot
Unhappy Eco Industry
Myself and much of the industry are very unhappy that loads of Eco Funding is going to people living in massive houses whilst people in genuine fuel poverty cannot access much needed heating & insulation measures because they live in a low carbon property such as flats and mid terraced etc.
I have written to the Secretary Of State At BEIS regarding this and did receive a reply stating that my comments would be taken into consideration for Eco 4 .
This scheme does need looking at to make it fair for everyone.
Council Tax Band A & B Need Priority
Band A & B properties are where the fuel poverty is and funding should be targeted here if you are genuine about helping the fuel poor.
I feel the government should ban any property from funding that is above Council Tax Band C as these people can afford to fund their own improvements.
The government need to look into this in order to enable many people to access funding fairly.
Perhaps a flat rate of Eco funding for each property type ( regardless of carbon savings or size ) would fix this and all of a sudden flats / other small properties would soon become very popular. Eco being based on greed is not very ethical.
Lets hope a much needed change is forthcoming in Eco 4 when it arrives in April 2022
Eco 3 Grant Measures Currently Available
Grants currently available to people on low income benefits who live in a medium to large property are :