The OPPOSITION BLOC demands the subsistence minimum established by the State budget (UAH 2,027) to be brought in line with the level that the person actually lives for a month and provides himself with the physiological minimum. Moreover, this amount is almost 2 times underestimated compared to the minimum, calculated by the Ministry of Social Policy in 2018 (UAH 3,850).
In order to restore justice, by providing the socially vulnerable segments of the population with a minimum amount of accommodation, the OPPOSITION BLOC submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a draft law No. 9470. The authors of the draft law, MPs Oleksandr Vilkul, Dmytro Kolesnikov, Kostiantyn Pavlov, Andriy Halchenko refer to a deliberately underestimated figure in the State Budget of 2019, which does not correspond to either the real level of livelihood or the calculated amount by the Ministry of Social Policy.
In the State budget for 2019, the subsistence minimum for children under 6 years of age is UAH 1,779, and for children aged 6-18 years – UAH 2,218; for able-bodied persons – UAH 2,102, for disabled people – UAH 1,638. While according to the Ministry of Social Policy, at the end of 2018, the minimum subsistence level for children under 6 years of age – UAH 3,183, for children aged 6-18 years – UAH 3,906, for disabled people – UAH 2,822, able-bodied persons – 4,313 UAH.
According to the MP from the OPPOSITION BLOC faction Kostiantyn Pavlov, it is vitally necessary to fix the increase in the minimum pension and social benefits, as well as establish the minimum subsistence level not lower than the actual one in accordance with the increase in consumer prices and tariffs in the current year.“The authorities do not care how people survive who receive a minimum pension or other social assistance. The authorities pay themselves millions in premiums, but save on the poorest. Our draft law is the beginning of the fight against poverty. The cost of living set in the country should not be lower than the actual one. At the same time, now the underestimated rate of the subsistence minimum in the State budget applies to more than 2 million people. About 8.5 million pensioners - 3/4 of all – also receive less than the actual subsistence minimum. That is, a quarter of Ukrainians are pushed by the authorities over the last line of poverty,” Kostiantyn Pavlov emphasized.