Power social bonus, what changes from 2021

All the innovations introduced from 1st January 2021

What is the power social bonus? 

The power social bonus is a discount on the bill, provided by the Government and made operational by the Regulatory Authority for Energy, Networks and the Environment, to ensure savings on energy expenditure for families in conditions of economic and physical hardship.
For the supply of electricity there are two types of social bonus: the Social Bonus for economic hardship and that for physical hardship (Serious health conditions). For those who are entitled to the bonus for 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 body designated by it.

The news of the 2021 Social Bonus

The main novelty of this year is the automatic bonus for economic hardship.
From 1 January 2021, in fact, those who are entitled to the bonus for economic hardship will no longer have to submit a specific application to the Municipalities or CAF: it will be sufficient to submit each year only the Single Substitute Declaration (DSU), through for example the Municipality, 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.).

Municipalities and CAF can no longer accept specific applications for obtaining the bonus for economic hardship and those that may be submitted will not be valid for recognition.


How to get the 2021 Power Social Bonus: the requirements

To obtain the Power Social Bonus for economic hardship, it is necessary to belong to:

  • a family unit with an ISEE indicator not exceeding 8,265 euros
  • a family unit with at least 4 dependent children (large family) and an ISEE indicator not exceeding 20,000 euros
  • a family unit holding a Citizenship Income or Citizenship Pension.
In the presence of the requirements listed above, INPS will send the data of the family unit to the Integrated Information System (Integrated Information System, managed by the Single Buyer company) and, through these, the operators will receive the information to automatically recognize the bonus in the bill.

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

If a person living in the house in serious health conditions who meets the requirements for the bonus for physical hardship, the family can also apply for this benefit.

How to get the 2021 Power Social Bonus for Physical Hardship

Nothing has changed regarding the Power Social Bonus for physical hardship. All domestic customers suffering from serious illness or domestic customers with power supply where a person suffering from serious illness lives, forced to use electromedical equipment necessary for keeping them alive, can obtain the power bonus for physical hardship.
The life-saving electromedical equipment that gives the right to the social light bonus was identified by the Decree of the Ministry of Health of 13 January 2011. The bonus for physical hardship can be combined with that for economic hardship, if the respective eligibility requirements are met.