What does this aid consist of?
While the electricity Social Bonus is a discount that is applied every month on the electricity bill, the thermal social bonus consists of a single annual payment.
Although this will not necessarily be the only method of payment, this money will usually be deposited in the current account used by the beneficiary to make the direct debits corresponding to payment for electricity bills. The aim is for it to be used to cover heating, hot water and cooking expenses. It does not matter which system is used (gas, electric, diesel, etc.).
The deposit will be made during the first quarter of the year and in order to receive it, the consumer will need to appear as a beneficiary of the electricity Social Bonus as from 31 December.
The amount to be paid will be decided by the Government each year and will rise or fall depending on the family's degree of vulnerability and the climate area in which the dwelling is located.
This year there has been an increase in the budget for the thermal Social Bonus which now stands at an average value of €90 per beneficiary. The minimum reference value has been increased from €25 to €35 and the final amount will depend on the climate area of residence.
Aid for severely vulnerable consumers or consumers at risk of social exclusion will also be 60 % higher than that allocated in the same climate area to vulnerable consumers.
The management of the payment will be the responsibility of the autonomous communities. The electricity companies are not responsible either for managing or paying the amount corresponding to this aid. If you have problems receiving it, you should call 060.