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What is the social rate and who can benefit from it?

Published on April 21, 2017

The social rate is a discount scheme given to consumers to help them pay their electricity bills. It is regulated by the Government and the aim is to protect families in financially vulnerable situations. Do you know if you qualify for the social rate?

In 2009, Spain approved the electricity social rate, a discount regulated by the Government, mainly aimed at protecting financially vulnerable groups.

In reality, it is a 25% or 40% discount on the regulated tariff (VPSC). In numbers, this discount could represent annual savings of more than 200 euros for average consumers.

Despite it being launched over 8 years ago, there are still doubts concerning who can apply for it, particularly since the criteria changes in October 2017.

We will explain all you need to know about the social rate.

Who is entitled to the social rate?

Households with a contracted power equivalent to or below 10 Kw can apply for the social rate, provided it is a usual residence and they fall under one of the following categories:

  1. Pensioners: those that receive the minimum pension (through retirement or permanent disability).
  2. Large families: Large families with at least three children.
  3. Low-income families: Families with an annual income below 11,279 euros (if they do not have children), 15,039 euros (if they have one child) or 18,798 euros (if they have 2 children). These thresholds will be updated on a regular basis.

How do I apply for it?

To request the Social Rebate, contact one of the leading suppliers. They are the only power companies authorised to offer it.

If you think you are in one of the above groups, please read the following information carefully:

How can I keep the social rate?

Power companies must check that those applying for the social rate meet the eligibility criteria and that these remain the same at all times. Once it is granted, it is valid for a period of 2 years, after which, proof of compliance with the criteria must be submitted again.

With the change of criteria implemented in October 2017, some people may no longer be entitled to receive the Social Rate and others may be entitled to receive it. Once 6 months have elapsed from October 2017, those that are no longer entitled to receive the social rate shall automatically have the regulated tariff (VPSC) applied.

Furthermore, there is an exception for large families: they must renew the Social Rate when the large family card is going to expire. 

And of course, do not accept any additional discounts or price reduction offers, as you could lose the social rate as a result of changing company.

And what if I do not fulfil all the criteria?

If you are not eligible for the social rate, Endesa offers other savings opportunities so you can find the best choice to suit your profile.