At a time when, according to the Deputy Prime Minister for Regional Development, Building and Housing Henadiy Zubko, 65% of Ukraine’s population depends on subsidies, the Cabinet decided to cut the number of its recipients.
The closer to the autumn, the more acute are the discussions about the Resolution of the Cabinet No. 329, which defines a new procedure for assigning benefits.
In this regard, the representative of the OPPOSITION BLOC, lawyer, Candidate of Juridicial Sciences Dmytro Yefymenko gave explanations on the Shostka television channel “Accent”. He noted that people, not knowing the intricacies of the Regulations on the procedure for appointing and providing subsidies to the population, submit documents to social protection units, and they are forced to provide additional information: on the composition of the family, on the wages of family members, on persons registered in an apartment or house and similar.
“The regulations clearly define the list of documents that must be submitted to social protection units: a statement and a declaration of income. You can provide a certificate of income, which the person noted in the declaration, but this information is not available in the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, Pension Fund, social protection agencies. As an example, income abroad. They can also provide a contract for hiring or renting housing,” Dmytro Yefymenko.
All other documents, he said, social workers do not have the right to demand. They transfer their authority to people who are forced to stand in lines, and then also to run to collect information.
“Some provisions of the Regulations in general, in my opinion, are unconstitutional,” the human rights activist asserts. - For example, the establishment of standards in 120 square meters for an apartment and 200 square meters on house. And if the apartment is 121 square meters lives 6-8 people and they have a meager income, and in an apartment of 118 square meters lives one person and repair is made on millions?! It’s the same with cars. It can be Daewoo Lanos, which is 4 years and 10 months old, or maybe an elite car, which is 5 years and 2 months old. And the last person can claim a subsidy. What are these norms based on? They violated the principle of equal rights of citizens, enshrined in the Constitution of Ukraine.”
A lot of complaints and when a person is in arrears of 340 UAH for paying for utilities, he cannot claim a subsidy. Although at this time the citizen could simply lie in the hospital and could not pay for utilities. Or the utility providers failed to pay bills on time.
“This is an antinational decision taken with numerous violations, not in favor of citizens and not for the benefit of Ukrainians. It needs to be canceled, and those who received the subsidy earlier, automatically restore the base of the recipients,” the oppositionist is sure.
And he stresses: if citizens are refused granting a subsidy, this decision should be appealed in the commissions created under the executive committees of city councils. If they refused to do so, they should also sue the court.
“This is done so that a person goes for months searching for the truth and he has no desire to cover the thresholds of various institutions. An unthinkable increase in tariffs and the abolition of subsidies take people’s last money and not only endanger the next heating season, but throw most of the population of Ukraine into the abyss of poverty,” Dmytro Yefymenko summarized.