Water, electricity and gas cuts are prohibited for families with 20% income losses
Water, electricity, gas and electronic communications cuts are prohibited, until the 30th of September, for family units with income losses equal to or greater than 20%, or, for those infected with Covid-19, according to a statement published this Monday in Diário da República (DR).
»In this sense, article 4.º of Law No. 7/2020, of the 10th of April, in its current wording, establishes the prohibition, until the 30th of September, 2020, of the suspension of water, electricity, natural gas and electronic communications supply to unemployed consumers, with a loss of household income equal to, or greater than 20%, or for those infected with Covid-19 », as read in DR.
In order to not be cut off from the supply of water, electricity, natural gas and electronic communications, beneficiaries must submit an honorary statement to the service providers , attesting the loss of household income equal to or greater than 20%. Subsequently, documents proving these facts may be requested by the providers of the listed services.
“The facts stated here apply even to the unilateral termination of telecommunications contracts and the temporary suspension of telecommunications contracts,” states the Government.
The drop in income must be calculated by comparing the sum of the income of household members in the month in which the cause for the change in income occurs, and the income earned by the same household members in the previous month. «The following are considered relevant for the purposes of calculating the drop in earnings: In the case of earnings of the dependent’s work, the respective gross monthly amount; in the case of income from self-employment, gross monthly billing; in the case of pension income, the respective gross monthly amount; the monthly amount of social benefits received on a regular basis; and the values of other incomes, received on a regular or periodic basis. »
The income must be proven through salary receipts or through a declaration from the employer. When possible, they must be evidenced by documents issued by the paying entities or by other documents that are proving the respective receipt, namely obtained from the portals of the Tax and Customs Authority and Social Security.
This Decree enters into force on Tuesday, the 23rd of June, and remains active until the 30th of September , 2020