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Electricity Social Bonus and thermal Social Bonus: new features you should know about

We will provide you with all the information about the Government's new measures to help families in the context of rising energy prices with regard to the electricity Social Bonus and thermal Social Bonus.

The current international scenario, with the war in Ukraine as a backdrop, has caused a general rise in energy prices, both with regard to electricity and gas. In response to this situation, the Government has launched a series of measures, included in Royal Decree-Law 18/2022.

This post focusses on the modifications made to the electricity Social Bonus and thermal Social Bonus. Here is a detailed explanation.

 

New features regarding the electricity Social Bonus

We will start with the electricity Social Bonus, which benefits about 1,200,000 homes in Spain, according to data provided by the Government.

 

1. Increase in the percentage discount in the electricity bill

There are two categories within the electricity Social Bonus: vulnerable consumers, with a 60% discount, and severely vulnerable consumers, with a 70% discount. With the new regulations these percentages are increased:

  • Vulnerable consumers: these will now enjoy a 65% discount on their electricity bills.
  • Severely vulnerable consumers: these will now have an 80% discount on their electricity bill.

This increase will remain in force until 31 December 2023.

 

2. An increase in the limit of electricity consumption eligible for discount

The granting of the electricity Social Bonus implies a limit to consumption. Once this consumption is exceeded, the discount associated with the bonus is no longer applicable to the prices per kWh and so they will be invoiced at the price for the PVPC tariff that corresponds to you. Royal Decree-Law 18/2022 has increased these limits by 15%.

 

3. The coverage of the electricity Social Bonus has been increased to include new groups

In addition to the groups already included in the electricity Social Bonus, Royal Decree-Law 18/2022 increases potential recipients until 31 December 2023.

Those households whose income is between 1.5 and 2 times the IPREM with 14 payments may now apply for the new fair electricity Social Bonus. These new recipients will receive a 40% discount on the price of the electricity they consume, with the multipliers applied to the conventional Social Bonus.

 

4. The management of the electricity Social Bonus for new applicants is easy to process

To make the procedures in the applications easier, from now on, a sworn statement will suffice to prove the civil status of the applicant.

 

New features regarding the thermal Social Bonus

There has also been approval of an increase in the minimum aid per beneficiary regarding the thermal Social Bonus from €25 to €40 euros. This is to help vulnerable consumers with regard to thermal consumption such as heating, hot water and gas cookers.

 

How to apply for the electricity Social Bonus

You first need to contact your Last Resort Retailer (LRR). These are the retailers who offer regulated market tariffs (PVPC).

You will need to attach the following documentation:

  • Social Bonus application form. This can be downloaded from the LRR websites or physically filled in at one of their offices.
  • Photocopy of identity document or Foreign Resident document for all members of the family unit.
  • Current official certificate of registration, which includes all members of the family unit.
  • If it is a family unit, you will need to present the official family registration book, marriage certificates, birth certificates, registration of being a de facto couple or official documentation that accredits it. From now on, to accredit a cohabitation unit, only a sworn statement will be required.
  • Officially registered large families (3 or more minors) should provide a photocopy of the current certificate in force.
  • Single-parent families should submit a copy of the official family registration book and certificate of registration in force.
  • If any member of the cohabitation unit falls within any of the following categories, it is mandatory to provide supporting documentation from the social services:
  • Recognised disability equal to or greater than 33%.
  • Victim of gender violence.
  • Victim of terrorism.
  • Recognised Grade II or III dependency.

 

Please remember that once you are granted the electric Social Bonus, you will become a beneficiary of the thermal Social Bonus. The amount of aid with regard to the latter depends on the climatic zone and your status as a consumer.

To see if you qualify for the thermal Social Bonus, as a vulnerable consumer or as a severely vulnerable consumer, please take not of the following.

And do not forget that, in some cases, you will need to renew your Social Bonus to continue receiving the benefits.

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