From 1 January 2021 it is no longer necessary to submit an application to municipalities or CAFs to obtain the Gas Social Bonus

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, to obtain the social bonus for economic hardship it will be sufficient to present each year the Single Substitute Declaration (DSU to be presented to the Municipality, CAF, site INPS, etc.), in order to certify the income situation (ISEE).

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

The new method of disbursement of the bonus is operational according to the provisions of ARERA resolution no.63/21 and subsequent amendments from the second half of 2021 and, for direct customers, the quotas due are recognized by their gas supplier, credited to the bill. For indirect customers, the disbursement takes place, as usual, through a third party and by domiciled bank transfer.

From 1 January 2021 Municipalities and CAF can no longer accept specific applications for obtaining the bonus for gas economic hardship and those eventually forwarded will not be valid for recognition.

The requirements to obtain the Gas Social Bonus

All domestic customers holding a natural gas supply contract can obtain the Gas Social Bonus, belonging to:

  • a family unit with an ISEE indicator not exceeding 12000 euros;
  • a family unit with at least 4 dependent children (large family) and ISEE indicator not exceeding € 20,000;
  • a household with "Reddito di Cittadinanza" or "Pensione di Cittadinanza".

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

The SII plays a central role:

  • it acquires the information from INPS, identifies the supplies to be facilitated and communicates it to sellers and distributors of power and gas, indicating the period of validity of the facility.

To maintain the continuity of the facilitation, it is necessary to present the Single Substitute Declaration at least one month before the deadline of the previous bonus (the facilitation start date will in any case be established by the SII).

* 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.

Each family unit is entitled to only one bonus per type - power, gas, water - per year of competence.