The Council of Ministers approved last Friday a social thermal bond for vulnerable consumers that will be paid as direct aid by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition during this winter. As reflected in the royal decree-law on urgent measures for the energy transition and consumer protection published last Saturday in the BOE, the subsidy will be borne by the Budgets and the communities will be responsible for the next exercise to manage it
Thus, in the text published in the BOE, the following is cited: "Given the calendar in which we find ourselves, the need for the thermal social bond to reach its recipients in winter requires that this 2018 exercise the payment of the aid be made by the Ministry ». From the next fiscal year, the Ministry will calculate the distribution by territory of the available budget and will transfer the money for payment to the communities, which in turn will pay the direct aids to the beneficiaries in the first quarter of the year. The autonomous governments will have the power to decide to increase the amount of the thermal bond charged to their budgets.
The amount of this single annual payment that makes up the aids will be subject to the budget availability limit set in the General State Budgets. The minimum aid for the heating bond will be 25 euros and from there, the amount will go up depending on the degree of vulnerability of the consumer and the climatic zone in which the house is located. In addition, aid for a vulnerable vulnerable consumer or at risk of social exclusion will be 60% higher than that assigned in their climate zone to a vulnerable consumer.
The same beneficiaries as the electric bond
The users who will be able to access the thermal bond will be those who have been assigned the electric social bond as of December 31 of the year prior to the payment. Consumers who can apply for the social bonus of light are those households whose income level is equal to or less than 1.5 times the IPREM (Public Indicator of Income of Multiple Effects) – that is, 11,279.39 euros per year – in the case that there are no minors or there is no family unit . Families with a minor are also entitled to these discounts, provided that the income is equal to or less than two times the IPREM, 15,039.19 euros per year. If there are two minors, the IPREM level is set at 18,798.98 euros per year. All large families can also access this rebate regardless of the level of income. Finally, the social bonus is applicable to households in which all members with income are pensioners due to retirement or permanent disability with the minimum benefit in force.
The Council of Ministers also decided to extend until December 31 the deadline to renew the social bond to those consumers who were covered by the old social bond, which originally expired on October 8.
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In addition, the Government will have to review every four years the financing mechanism of the social bonus, that in the case of the discounts of the electric bond is paid by the marketers, as well as the cost of the co-financing of the electric power supply of the consumers at risk of social exclusion, which they pay between the companies and the autonomous communities.