#Commentary of Marina Zheynova on another increase of utility tariffs in Ukraine
Since October 1, Ukraine has raised tariffs for housing and communal services. And not so long ago, the minister of social policy, Andrey Reva, said that Ukrainians eat a lot, so they spend most of their income on food. So, they must eat less!
To pay for housing and communal services, citizens of Ukraine spend the remaining chicken feed of their family budget. Therefore, for Ukrainians to eat less, in addition to October 1, gas tariffs for industrial consumers were increased by 3.1% (UAH 243.6 or UAH 267.6 depending on the consumer category and the delivery terms) to 8,164,8 hryvnia per 1 thousand cubic meters (with VAP) or up to 9,160,8 hryvnia per 1 thousand cubic meters (with VAT). This, naturally, will lead to increase of the prices for heat, goods, food… In general, the current policy of Ukraine is this: eat less – pay more.
In addition, the number of citizens applying for subsidies will also decrease. As usual, there are no funds in the budget. There are two plans for how to get rid of the recipients of subsidies, as I already wrote earlier: on the one hand the consumption rates are lowered, and on the other hand those consumers who have a debt to pay for housing and communal services cannot claim a subsidy and in cases if the special commission finds out “unearned income”.
In general, in the coming winter, Ukrainians will again have to tighten their belts and hope not for power, but for the fact that the winter will be warm.
Marina Zheynova, the DPR People’s Council deputy