The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted as a basis and as whole the draft law "On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On the State Budget of Ukraine for 2017" No 7258, which envisages, above all, an increased expenditures by UAH 7.6 billion to finance benefits and housing subsidies. The decision was supported by 292 MPs.
Moreover, the document also provides for the allocation of the sum worth UAH 1.7 billion to raise allowance for the police officers, officers and senior officers (SES), the sum worth UAH 0.2 billion – to raise salaries to the employees of the Foreign Intelligence Service and the improvement of the logistics base of the Service, as well as the sum worth UAH 1.1 billion as subventions for the projects of socio-economic development of separate territories, the sum UAH 0.3 billion UAH - for payments of salaries to employees of healthcare sector and programs to cure patients with chronic renal disease with the method of hemodialysis, patients with diabetes mellitus and diabetes insipidus. A separate line of expenses includes UAH 0.2 billion for the programs of treatment of Ukrainian citizens abroad.
The sources of defrayal of costs are the saving of budget funds for state debt management to the tune of UAH 3.4 billion and the use of unencumbered balances worth then UAH 7.6 billion that were previously foreseen for the Pension Fund of Ukraine.
Welcoming the approval of the bill, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman stressed that the mechanism of subsidies will allow to protect those citizens who need such state support, and the Government pledges commitment to the course towards achieving energy independence of the country.
"I want to thank for the amendments to the state budget. These are the steps we systematically take to support citizens, especially as regards the payment of subsidies, and will continue to do so to protect those who need it. In this context, we are carrying out measures both seek to modernize and achieve energy independence, this needs time and your support," the Prime Minister underscored.