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 news regarding the power and gas supplies of our homes. For 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 the entity designated by it. 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 the 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 Citizenship Income or Citizenship Pension.

The social bonus light 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 social bonus gas , 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 electricity and gas social bonus for economic hardship from 2021

From 1 January 2021, those who are entitled to the power and gas bonus for economic hardship will no longer have to submit a specific application to the Municipalities or CAFs: it will be sufficient to submit each year only the Single Substitute Declaration (DSU), through ad for example the Municipality, the CAF or the INPS website, in order to obtain the ISEE certificate used to access the various subsidized social services (eg: maternity allowance, school canteen, baby bonus etc ...).

The application methods for the automatic disbursement of the benefits are being defined, which will be subject to specific measures by the competent administrations.
Regardless of the time required for the definition and implementation of the rule, the 2021 bonus will in any case be recognized to those entitled to it for the entire period of facilitation, including through the recognition of any bonus shares already accrued.

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

Power social bonus for physical discomfort 2021

Nothing changes, however, for the social bonus for physical discomfort. This facility is recognized, in the event of serious health conditions, for the use of electro-medical equipment that involves a high consumption of electricity. 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.