ECO+ in Wales is now The Great British Insulation Scheme, a new ECO grant which is now live.
ECO+ (formerly named ECO4+) was first announced by the UK Government back in August 2022, and has been chopped and changed on a number of occasions. But all the way through the process it was to be aimed at those who do not qualify for ECO4. The scheme is now known as The Great British Insulation Scheme
So, what does The Great British Insulation Scheme in Wales look like?
The Great British Insulation Scheme is a single insulation measure grant.
The following measures are available – but you can only have 1 measure installed under this grant scheme. There are some exceptions where Heating Controls can be added as a second measure.
- Cavity Wall Insulation – This will always be free
- Loft Insulation
- External Wall Insulation
- Internal Wall Insulation
- Pitched Roof Insulation
- Flat Roof Insulation
- Under Floor Insulation
- Solid Floor Insulation
- Park Home Insulation
- Room-in-Roof Insulation
- Heating Controls (under certain circumstances)
How do I qualify for a Great British Insulation Scheme grant in Wales?
There are 3 routes to qualifying for a Great British Insulation grant.
- The General Group.
- The “low income” Group.
- using the LA Flex route which can be found here.
The General Group qualification to a Great British Insulation Scheme grant in Wales.
- You are not eligible for an ECO4 grant and
- Your Council Tax Banding in Wales is A, B, C, D and E (or in England A to D). You can find your Council Tax Banding on Gov.Uk, and
- Your EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating is a D, E, F or G. You can find your EPC on the EPC Register.
3 yeses and you qualify.
These rules apply to both owner occupiers and privately rented properties.
Although there is no income threshold as such applied to ECO+, the criteria above will effectively produce one.
The “Low Income” Group qualification to a Great British Insulation Scheme grant.
The personal qualification criteria for the “low income” group, is exactly the same as the personal qualification for ECO4 i.e. Government Benefits. But you might not qualify for an ECO4 grant because ECO4 is a whole house retrofit and your property doesn’t qualify (e.g. the EPC cannot be moved up 2 bands), or the grant does cover the cost etc.
The LA Flex qualification to a Great British Insulation Scheme grant.
It is intended that ECO+ will also have it’s own LA flex scheme but I don’t think Local Authorities will rush to get that sorted.
The Great British Insulation Scheme is a “single measure” grant scheme.
Will the grant cover the full cost of the work carried out?
The value of the grant is being calculated using the same system that’s being used for the ECO4 grants, with some slight changes. It will therefore, depend on a number of factors, such as, the size of the property, its current EPC rating etc.
Cavity Wall Insulation will always be free!
We also have a unique facility of offering both Cavity Wall Insulation and Loft Insulation free, when installed together*.
*this is not available to properties with a council tax banding of E
Otherwise, Loft Insulation will be free most of the time.
However, the more expensive measures, such as external and internal wall insulation, will require customer contributions. Call us and speak to one of our expert advisors who will answer all your questions. Or complete one of our enquiry forms.
How do I apply for a Great British Insulation Scheme grant in Wales?
You can call us on one of the telephone numbers below, and speak to an expert advisor
You can call us on 0800 8 10 10 60 or 07960 799681
What happens next?
Give us a call to discuss your enquiry or complete or online enquiry form.
Once we have assessed that you qualify for a Great British Insulation Scheme grant, and that your property appears to qualify, we will arrange a visit to your property and carryout a set of surveys including a Retrofit Assessment.