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Benefits of registering on the padrón
02 September 2009 @ 13:43

I found a really good article outlining the benefits of registering on the padrón at the local council.  Being registered on the padrón can give you discounts on various taxes as well as discounts on leisure and cultural activities.  I go to the municipal gym in Manilva and there is a decent discount for those on the padrón.  Here's the article:

THE padrón, empadronamiento, empadronarse. All words you may have heard since arriving in Spain, but never been quite sure what they mean, either in English, or for you as a resident. If so, read on for more information and the numerous reasons why registering on the padrón may just be worth your while. The padrón is, quite simply, the municipal register, a list of all the people who live in a certain town, while empadronarse is the act of registering yourself on this list with your local town hall.

Officially, all residents in Spain are required by law to register on the padrón, yet many British ex-pats still have not done so. Perhaps some view the padrón as a means of vigilance by the state, in ‘big-brother’ fashion. However, it is simply a way for the town hall to know how many people live in their area, without entering into investigations as to a person’s official residence status or financial affairs.

The information provided is confidential and protected by data protection laws. You don’t even have to own your house to register, just have an address where you usually live, whether you are the owner, you rent, or live with family or friends. Nor is registration a long, drawn-out process. Simply go to the padrón office at your town hall and fill in the form they provide.

Take along identification, such as a passport, and also your NIE or residence certificate/card, a recent utility bill in your name, and the deeds to your house or a copy of your rental contract. Although you may have to return to collect your certificate, the actual registration is completed all on the same day. And once you’ve completed this simple process, you can begin to enjoy all the advantages being on the padrón offers. To highlight a few, we’ve listed the top five as follows:

For better public services: Central government allocates money to municipalities according to how many people are on the padrón. Therefore, if you are not registered, your town hall is losing money for the provision of health centres, police officers, firefighters and schools.

To access benefits and social care: You must be on the padrón for a certain period of time to take advantage of some income-related benefits and other aspects of social care available through social services at your town hall.

For a reduction in taxes: Being on the padrón could mean up to 50 per cent off property tax, and reductions in community charges and inheritance tax. Furthermore, those on the padrón often enjoy discounted courses, leisure and cultural activities run by the town hall.

To have your say: In order to register to vote in local or European elections, you must first be registered on the padrón.

To make life easier: You’ll find you need your padrón certificate to carry out various administrative tasks, such as register for healthcare, register your car with Spanish number plates or enrol your children in school.

And, remember, it is compulsory, under Spanish law*, for all residents in Spain including Spanish nationals to register on the padrón. For more information contact your local town hall. (*Artículo 15 de la Ley 7/1985, de 2 de abril, Reguladora de las Bases del Régimen Local)

Source: Euro Weekly News

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Gillyannie said:
05 November 2017 @ 15:42

I am registered with the Padron but how do you receive discounts and how do you know when to ask?

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