The government draft budget for 2018 deprives Ukraine of the last chance of economic and social growth. The MP from the OPPOSITION BLOC Natalia Korolevska stated this.
"In the draft budget, the Cabinet offers unprecedented generosity – to increase the minimum subsistence level by as much as 16 UAH – to 1,700 UAH, while according to calculations of "experts" of the same government, it already amounts to 3,913 UAH. However, it is from the officially established subsistence level that the size of almost all social payments depends. The proposed huge gap between the minimum pension – 1,373 UAH and the minimum salary – 3,723 UAH – contradicts all laws of the social sphere and means deliberately planned total impoverishment of the population. This draft budget is a social crime against the people of Ukraine," Natalia Korolevska stressed.
She noted that MPs from the OPPOSITION BLOC registered amendments to the draft budget, which proposed raising the subsistence level to 3,200 UAH, which will automatically increase the volume of social payments. "The minimum pension should be set at least 3,500 UAH, and the minimum wage must be at least 5,000 UAH. We demand to provide in the budget payments and childcare allowances, abolished by the Cabinet, at 2,300 UAH and reduce the tariffs for gas and utility services at least twice, while retaining state subsidies," the oppositionist stressed.
"This is absolutely realistic: the total additional budget potential is estimated at 129 billion UAH, which can be achieved by adjusting the macro-forecast – the government specially prepared the budget for deliberately false indicators in order to be able to report on the achievement of the mythical budget surplus. Reducing social spending in a country where more than 60% of citizens live below the poverty line is unacceptable," the MP noted.
"The government is obliged to take into account our requirements and maximally improve the social component of the budget for 2018 – people need to feel the care and protection of the state, and Ukraine should get opportunities to stabilize the economy and its own development. If our demands are not met, I will not vote for such a budget," Natalia Korolevska stressed.