The first days of the new year showed that the funds allocated from the state budget for medicine and education to the cities of Ukraine would not suffice. So, according to Kryvyi Rih, the state provided only 70% of the real need for financing medicine and 30% for the education system. At the same time, the city's budget for preferential travel and other payments to preferential categories of Kryvyi Rih citizens is not compensated at all. But, unlike other cities, where local authorities cannot ensure the provision of benefits and compensation, in Kryvyi Rih all social programs are fully funded.
"We managed to defend in the parliament, so that the financing of benefits for housing and communal services is also not shifted to the city. This could lead to disastrous consequences for budgets and the curtailment of development programs. But the state allocated only 70% of the necessary funds to medicine in Kryvyi Rih. The rest is forced to take on the city, including the payment of energy. Moreover, funds have been allocated from the city budget for oncological children, for diagnosing tuberculosis in children and purchasing food kits for them, and for purchasing food for children with phenylketonuria. The city will provide food to low-income children and kids of HIV-infected mothers," MP from the OPPOSITION BLOC Konstantin Pavlov noted.
"In 2016, the city allocated more than 157 million USD for the salaries of teachers and technical workers of vocational schools to prevent their dismissal and not to close the school. Today, there is an acute shortage of technical personnel in the country. On the other hand, many skilled workers of enterprises leave abroad - to Poland, Germany, Great Britain. If today the vocational education is left without attention, then the economy of Ukraine in a very short period of time will be without the necessary staff," the politician stressed.
According to him, the state must fulfill its obligations and fully finance all expenditures of cities on medicine, education and social programs or leave more money earned in cities so that cities can finance the needs of territorial communities independently.
"This is decentralization. The funds that will remain in the cities will be directed to the implementation of specific development programs," Konstantin Pavlov summarized.