The Cabinet of Ministers increased the size of the basic norms of payment for utility services from 15% to 20% of the average total income of the household.
The corresponding decree of the Cabinet №878 dated 20 October promulgated on the official government portal.
The document amends the decree No. 848 of October 21, 1995 and No. 1156 of 27 July 1998 (as amended), which establishes the size of household expenditures for housing and communal services, and subsidies.
Thus, in the decree №1156 “About the new size of expenses on payment of housing and communal services, purchase of liquefied gas, firm and liquid oven household fuel in the case of housing subsidies,” changes in the formula that determines the size of the required percentage of payment for households receiving the subsidy.
In particular, since may 1, 2020, the amount of the basic norms of payment for services increased from 15% to 20% of the average total income of the household. This figure is used to calculate the part of the payment for utility services for households, taking into account the ratio of average monthly income to the subsistence level.
At the same time, changes in Ordinance No. 848, the Cabinet of Ministers has simplified the assignment of subsidies to orphanages, soldiers and citizens older than 60 years. In particular, family-type orphanages can get a subsidy for the additional area of the houses, and the purchased vehicle will not lead to the loss of subsidies and the like.
As reported in the submitted to the Verkhovna Rada the draft law on the state budget the Cabinet of Ministers proposes for the year 2020 costs for the payment of benefits and housing subsidies to the citizens on payment of housing and communal services in the amount of 47,63 billion UAH, while expenditures on utility subsidies in the state budget law for the year 2019 is provided in the amount of UAH 55.1 billion.
Earlier, President Vladimir Zelensky in the project “100 days of the President” on TV channel “1+1” said that the new government must provide a model to reduce spending on utilities.
“The question is not, what is the price of a communal, the question is, what percentage of that person receives, a pension or salary, it pays for communal. And this structural problem structural problem is posed for the new government. See, communal may be the same – market prices, etc, – then increasing pensions, increasing subsidies, increasing wages. So we’re talking about the percentage. Can’t 50%, 60%, 70%, 80% or 90% of the amount that gets people to pay for communal services,” – said the President.