“The Ministry of Finance failed the first stage of the monetization of subsidies” – Aliona Babak

The Verkhovna Rada Committee on Construction, Urban Development, Housing and Communal Services decided to register in the parliament a resolution recognizing the work of Finance Minister Oleksandr Danyliuk and his deputy Serhiy Marchenko unsatisfactory.

Samopomich MP Aliona Babak explains that the reason for this is the fact that the Ministry of Finance has slowed down the process of administering payments of subsidies in the first stage of monetization.

“Presently, there is a crisis in the system. On January 1, the Cabinet of Minister’s resolution and the order of the Ministry of Finance came into force. These documents were supposed to ensure the first stage of monetization of subsidies at the level of housing and communal enterprises. That is, the state must transfer the funds that it owes to people for subsidies to utility companies’ accounts, thus paying for the utilities of individual families.

However, the system was never really properly launched. Firstly, the decision, in accordance with which the treasury was supposed to work, came into effect only in mid-January. This blocked the work of all treasury services, and water utilities, heating companies, housing management companies, companies that deal with household waste ended up in complete chaos,” the deputy emphasizes.

Aliona Babak continues, “Looks like we will have to face the fact that more than 6 million people will be forced to pay from their own pockets for the management of their homes, for example. After all, condominiums will not administer payments of subsidies and will make people pay full price. And this despite the fact that the state’s debts on subsidies for previous periods have already reached 22.3 billion hryvnias.”

Therefore, Aliona Babak believes – and her opinion was unanimously supported by the members of the relevant committee of the Verkhovna Rada – that the Ministry of Finance has not been working properly.

We shall add that Finance Minister Oleksandr Danyliuk, whom the deputies had invited to explain the situation, did not appear at the committee’s meeting.

Alona Babak
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