3.4 million households received monetized subsidies for payment of housing and communal services in March, and the total payments amounted to UAH 5.7 billion. This was announced by Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine Andrii Reva.
The subsidy program in Ukraine is effective tool to help vulnerable groups of the population. As the Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman has repeatedly stated, the Government protects and will continue to protect people who, due to different living conditions, can not pay full price for communal services, and at the same time the Government implements a policy of efficient consumption of energy resources. Thus, in 2017, the Cabinet of Ministers initiated introduction of a mechanism to stimulate the saving of gas and electricity during the heating season. In 2018, such an incentive amounted to about UAH 700 in monetary terms. The number of households that received funds was 1.3 million
The current full monetization of subsidies has become a logical continuation of the Government's systematic steps to reform the housing, energy and social sectors, as well as to achieve energy efficiency and energy independence. Money saved due to the efficient consumption of resources will be allocated to consumers. And this principle will work on a permanent basis.
According to the Minister, the monetization system works smoothly and now tools are being developed to control the real payment of utilities through monetized funds.
"We will have instrument for monitoring the payment of utilities. If a person saved resources, it is his own money. We do not have any claims from service providers - regarding debts, but we will not also accumulate debts", Andrii Reva emphasized.
The Minister placed a special emphasis on the fact that the monetization mechanism will stimulate the development of market relations in the area of housing and utilities, and responsibility for the efficient use of resources, the quality of the resource and fair charging for consumption. "If the consumer pays the full cost of the service, he has the right to demand a high-quality of services," Andrii Reva underscored.