The Government has increased the target for Solid Wall Insulation (SWI) measures from 17,000 a year to 21,000 a year following last years ECO transition consultation.
Key policy decisions include;
- An 18 month extension to the ECO scheme (April 2017 – September 2018).
- Introduction of a more simplified and targeted scheme. The Affordable Warmth Group will be increased to around 4.7m rather than 4m (in consultation) households. This will include more households who are in fuel poverty, and those on lower incomes, who may be struggling to meet heating and other bills;
- eligibility for certain measures under Affordable Warmth will be extended to social housing in EPC bands E, F or G;
- Local authorities will have a role in determining eligible homes, following the introduction of the ‘flexible eligibility’ mechanism, which suppliers can use for up to 10% of their Affordable Warmth obligation;
- the requirement to deliver a minimum level of solid wall insulation will be increased from the proposed equivalent (in consultation) of 17,000 measures per year to 21,000 per year;
- rural delivery will be protected as 15% of Carbon Emission Reduction Obligation will be delivered in rural areas.
- administration will be simplified. ‘Deemed scores’ will be introduced in place of the current Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) methodology.