Due to the state of alarm declared as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Government has extended application of the discounted rate (bono social) for customers who are currently due to renew. The renewal deadline is automatically extended until 15 September.
For the same reason, self-employed workers who have been forced to stop working or whose turnover has decreased by 75% will be considered vulnerable customers and therefore eligible for the Bono Social.
What is the Social Rate?
The Social Rate is a discount established by the Government on the VPSC tariff, aimed at protecting households classed as vulnerable.
Since Royal Decree 897/2017 came into force in October 2017, the requirements for benefiting from the Social Rate have changed.
Who can benefit from the new Social Rate?
In order to benefit from the Social Rate, you must have the VPSC electricity tariff (with or without time restriction) and a contracted power equivalent to or below 10 kW in your usual residence.
In addition, you will need to fulfil certain requirements in order to be classed as a vulnerable customer, severely vulnerable or severely vulnerable customer at risk of social exclusion.
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, self-employed workers who have been forced to stop working or whose turnover has decreased by 75%.
They will be considered to be vulnerable customers if their annual income is less than or equal to:
- 2.5 times the IPREM (€18,798.90) if not part of a family unit.
- 3 times the IPREM (€22,558.70) if there is a minor in the family unit.
- 3.5 times the IPREM (€26,318.70) if there are two minors in the family unit.
Customers that meet these requirements and demonstrate that they have had to cease their activity or that their turnover has decreased in accordance with article 28 of Royal Decree-Law 11/2020 of 31 March, will be considered vulnerable until they resume work and for a maximum period of 6 months from the time they obtain the discount or invoice.
What are these requirements?
Vulnerable customers (benefiting from a 25% discount on electricity bills) are considered to be anyone holding a VPSC contract that fulfil any of the following requirements.
Their total annual income is less than or equivalent to the following limits:
- If you are not part of a family unit or there are no underage children in it: 1.5 times the IPREM* (Multiplier for the Public Income Index).
- If there is a minor in the family unit: 2 times the IPREM*.
- If there are two underage children in the family unit: 2.5 times the IPREM*.
*Annual IPREM 14 payments valid for 2019: 7,519.59 euros.
All of these thresholds will be increased by 0.5 times the IPREM if any of these circumstances are met:
- If a member of the family unit has a recognized disability equal to or greater than 33%, is the victim of gender-based violence, or a victim of terrorism.
- If a member of the family unit is in a situation of recognized dependency -of grade 2 or 3.
- If it is confirmed that the family unit is composed of a single parent and, at least, one minor (single parent families).
Pensioners: if the applicant (or in the case of a family unit, all members of the same) who have income, receive the minimum pension (for retirement or permanent disability) and do not receive any other income whose annual aggregate amount exceeds €500.
Large families: all without exception.
Severely vulnerable customers
Customers are classed as severely vulnerable (discount of 40% on electricity bills):
- Because of their income: those who meet the requirements to be considered vulnerable customers and also have income levels below 50% of the limits established for vulnerable customers.
- Pensioners: all the members of a family unit are pensioners within the Social Security System, receiving a minimum pension (through retirement or permanent disability) and their annual income is less than or equivalent to 1 times the IPREM.
- Large families: with an income equal to an amount below 2 times the IPREM.
Severely vulnerable customers at risk of social exclusion
This category includes severely vulnerable customers receiving assistance from social services from a regional or local Administration that finances at least 50% of the sum of their bill.
Limits on electricity consumption
Discounts of 25% and 40% of total electricity bills are subject to a limit on energy consumption which, when exceeded, the VPSC will be applied:
- Pensioners: 1.932 kWh of electricity consumed per year.
- Large families: 4.140 kWh per year.
- Consumers without children: 1.380 kWh per year.
- Consumers with one child: 1.932 kWh per year.
- Consumers with two children: 2.346 kWh per year.
It is free to apply
Fraudulent websites have been detected that attempt to charge you to apply for the Social Rate. We remind you that applying for the Social Rate is an absolutely free process. You do not agree to pay to open the application and you do not provide your card number.
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