Power and gas social bonus, what changes from 2021

All the innovations provided by the legislation for the social bonus

2021 began with an important novelty regarding the power and gas supplies of our homes. To those who are entitled to the bonus for power and gas economic hardship starting from 2021, the recognition in the bill will take place automatically, without the need to submit a specific application to the Municipality or to the body designated by it, it will be sufficient to present only the Substitute Declaration each year. Unica (DSU), for example through the Municipality, the CAF or the INPS website. However, the methods of accessing the bonus for physical hardship remain unchanged: interested customers must continue to apply for it to the municipalities of residence or authorized CAFs.

Power and gas social bonus for economic hardship 2021: who is entitled to

The innovations introduced this year for the bonus for economic hardship do not concern the requirements necessary to obtain this benefit. The conditions to be entitled to the bonus for economic hardship, in fact, have not changed.
You must belong to:

  • a household with an ISEE indicator not exceeding 8,265 euros
  • a family unit with at least 4 dependent children (large family) and ISEE indicator not exceeding 20,000 euros
  • a family unit with "Reddito di Cittadinanza" or "Pensione di Cittadinanza".

The power social bonus is provided both to customers who have subscribed to a offered on the free energy market and to those served in greater protection. It will also be automatically recognized in the event of a change of supplier.
The same applies to the gas social bonus, to access which, however, you must be connected to the city gas network, because the benefit cannot be recognized if you use natural gas or LPG in the cylinder.

How to get the power and gas social bonus for economic hardship from 2021

From 1 January 2021, as required by the decree law 26 October 2019 n. 124, converted with amendments by law 19 December 2019, n. 157 who is entitled to the power and gas bonus for economic hardship will no longer have to submit a specific application to the Municipalities or CAF: it will be sufficient to submit every year only the Single Substitute Declaration (DSU), for example through the Municipality, the CAF or the INPS site, in order to obtain the ISEE certificate.

The Single Substitute Declaration presented to access the subsidized social benefits (school canteen, maternity allowance, baby bonus, etc.), will also allow automatic access to the social bonus for economic hardship, if the conditions are met.

In the presence of the income requirements, INPS will send the data of the family unit to Integrated Information System (SII *).

The SII will play a central role:

  • will acquire the information from INPS, will identify the supplies to be facilitated and will communicate it to sellers and distributors of power and gas, indicating the period of validity of the facility.

* Integrated Information System (SII) managed by the Single Buyer company. The SII is a computer database that contains information useful for identifying power and gas supplies.

The new mode of delivery of the bonus will be operational according to timing provided for by ARERA resolution no.63/21 starting from the second half of 2021 and any shares already accrued relating to the to the previous months of the year.

Each family unit is entitled, for the relevant year, to only one bonus per type (power, gas, water).

Power social bonus for physical hardship 2021

Nothing changes, however, for the social bonus for physical hardship. This facility is recognized, in the event of serious health conditions, for the use of electro-medical equipment that involves a high power consumption. The subsidy is not linked to the ISEE, but the amount depends on the annual consumption of the life-saving machinery used. Potential beneficiaries must continue to apply for it to the Municipalities of residence or the entities designated by them, such as authorized CAF, as in the past.