The Senate supported the project that regulates the apportionment (redistribution) and payment of debts for health and electrical services generated during the pandemic. The initiative was approved unanimously and was dispatched for processing. In addition, it also establishes subsidies with a tax charge to vulnerable clients for the payment of debts.
Said project originated with a motion by senators Isabel Allende, Álvaro Elizalde, Guido Girardi, Jorge Pizarro and Yasna Provoste. Essentially, the rule allows the renegotiation in 48 installments, without interest or readjustments, of the debts for sanitary and electrical services contracted between March 18 and December 31, 2021. The monthly installment may not exceed 15% of the collection associated with the Average consumption.
The new regulations were studied by the Economy and Treasury Commissions and during their vote the Vice President of the Senate, Jorge Pizarro, explained the main characteristics. He indicated that there is agreement that it is not a good procedure to extend the law that allows the payment of basic services to be postponed without providing a solution to the underlying problem faced by vulnerable families. In that sense, he specified, that they insisted on building a solidary formula, with the Executive, that would allow paying the delinquent debt and not continue postponing it.