Under the Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO), suppliers can deliver measures to consumers in receipt of Child Benefit where the occupier of the premises is under the specified income threshold for their household composition.

The Child Benefit self-declaration must be used to evidence Help to Heat Group (HTHG) eligibility for Child Benefit recipients and contains a declaration that the household income does not exceed the relevant income threshold for the corresponding number of children. The declaration should be signed by the occupier. The relevant third party should also sign their section of the declaration to provide assurance that the person living at the premises is in receipt of Child Benefit and is not in receipt of any of the other HTHG qualifying benefits.

This document applies to measures installed from 1 October 2018.

Amendments – 13 December 2018

The ECO3 Child Benefit self-declaration was republished on 13 December 2018 to include a section for the Child Benefit number and details of where a consumer can find this. Suppliers and installers should use version 3.1 of the ECO3 Child Benefit self-declaration.

Child Benefit number and proof you qualify

You can normally use your Child Benefit number to prove you qualify for Child Benefit. Check with whoever is asking what proof they need and how up to date it has to be.

Find your Child Benefit number

Your Child Benefit number starts with ‘CHB’ and is made up of 8 numbers and 2 letters. For example, CHB12345678 AB.

It’s on your Child Benefit award notice and usually on paperwork from the Child Benefit Office.

You can also contact the Child Benefit Office online by phone or post to get your number.

If you use the online form, confirm you want your Child Benefit number. If someone else has asked for it, say who they are (the Child Benefit Office may be able to send it to them for you).

If you need other proof you qualify

You may be able to use the following if you need more than your Child Benefit number:

  • Child Benefit award notice
  • latest Tax Credits award notice
  • a bank statement showing Child Benefit going into your account

If you need other written proof contact the Child Benefit Office.

 
People can receive Child Benefit if they are responsible for one or more children aged under 16, or under 20 if the child stayed in approved education training. Child Benefit has two different rates: £20.70 for the eldest or only child; and £13.70 for any additional children.

The payments are made every 4 weeks.


In order to be eligible under the HTHG those in receipt of Child Benefit must not have an income exceeding a certain level. The level depends on the number of children the person(s) is responsible for (‘equivalised income threshold’)73. The equivalised income threshold is:

  • for a single claimant, the claimant’s annual gross income from all sources cannot exceed the amount set out.
  •  for a member of a couple, the couple’s combined annual gross income from all sources cannot exceed the amount set out.

Equivalised income thresholds reflect the fact that households with many members are likely to need a higher income to achieve the same standard of living as households with fewer members. The income threshold, therefore, varies to take account of the different household composition types.
 

Single claimant

  • 1 child: £18,500
  • 2 children: £23,000
  • 3 children: £27,500
  • 4 or more children: £32,000

Member of a couple

  • 1 child: £25,500
  • 2 children: £30,000
  • 3 children: £34,500
  • 4 or more children: £39,000

Where an individual is in receipt of Child Benefit and is living in a household with multiple incomes (ie living with parents, family members or housemates) then the household would still be eligible to receive a measure under this route.


Where Child Benefit is claimed as a member of a couple, at least one member of the couple, who is resident in the property where the measure is to be installed, is responsible for children or qualifying young persons.
The young person does not need to live in the same house as the claimant. If the claimant is paying at least the same amount as Child Benefit (or the equivalent in-kind) towards looking after the child they can be considered responsible.

Evidencing Child Benefit
Where Child Benefit is used to demonstrate HTHG eligibility, the supplier must collect a self-declaration completed and signed by the occupier of the premises dated no more than 18 months prior to completion of the measure. S 

Income should be determined from all sources before tax and be based on the preceding annual tax year which runs from 6th April to 5th April of the following year. “Child” and “qualifying young persons” means a person under the age of 16 (or under 20 if they are in approved education or training). A person shall be treated as responsible for a child or qualifying young person who is normally living with them or paying at least the same amount as Child Benefit (or
the equivalent in-kind) towards looking after them. More detail can be found on the government website
for child benefit: https://www.gov.uk/child-benefit/eligibility


 “Single claimant” means a person who is not a member of a Couple.
 “Couple” means: (a) two people who are married to, or civil partners of, each other and are members
of the same household; or (b) two people who are not married to, or civil partners of, each other but are living together as a married couple.
 
Guidance – ECO3 Guidance – Delivery self-declaration to evidence eligibility.

The supplier should make the Child Benefit self-declaration available on request.A Child Benefit award notice or a Child Benefit number must also be collected as evidence of responsibility for children or qualifying young persons.