MP Vadym Novynskyi has submitted a draft law to the parliament, which proposes to cancel debts for utility services accumulated by household consumers as of January 1, 2019.
The corresponding Draft Resolution was registered under No. 1106, it was co-authored by MPs Musa Mahomedov, Dmytro Shpenov, Serhiy Mahera and Victoriia Hryb.
The document proposes to determine the procedure of debt cancellation for natural gas, electricity, heating and hot water.
According to the text of the document, the providers of these services and other participants in the debt cancellation procedure must agree and confirm the formed amounts of the debt of household consumers within 45 days from the entry into force of this law.
The procedure for confirming the amounts owed by household consumers and other participants in the debt cancellation procedure is established by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, for which, according to the text of the draft law, the government has two weeks.
Cancellation of confirmed amounts of debt should be carried out within six months from the date of entry into force of the law.
“For the vast majority of Ukrainians, the increase in utility prices in 2015-2018 turned out to be shocking. This is not surprising, because prices for natural gas increased 11 times, for hot water – more than 5 times. Such a price level does not correspond to real incomes and the solvency of citizens; population incomes at the same time raised at a much more modest pace. Due to the increase in tariffs in the country, all goods and services have risen in price, such was the antisocial policy of the previous power,” Vadym Novynskyi said.
He also added that at the beginning of 2019, the debt of Ukrainians for utilities reached almost UAH 70 billion.
“This level of debt has never been in the entire history of Ukraine. A significant part of the population is forced to survive and is actually not able to pay the ultra-high and unjustified fees for housing and communal services. Today, the new power should already have an understanding that the increase in prices for utilities was carried out without any economic justification, therefore bringing order to the issue of prices for utility services should be the task of the new parliament. And cancellation of debts of previous years is the first and important step to restore order in this area,” the MP said.