MIL OSI – Source: President of the Republic of Belarus – Press Release/Statement
Headline: Alexander Lukashenko approves utility tariffs for population in 2018
5 January 2018
Alexander Lukashenko has signed Decree No. 473 “On the establishment of utility
tariffs for the population in 2018”.
Maximum allowable tariffs have been formed taking in to account the
reserves for reducing the cost of housing and utility services revealed by the
interagency working group. This group was established by the State Control
Committee upon the instruction of the head of state.
As a result, utility bills for a typical two-room apartment with three
people living in it will increase by $5 in the equivalent provided that the
consumption of services does not exceed the established norm.
It is expected that the recovery of utility costs by the population will
exceed 70% in 2018 thanks to the new tariffs. Plans have been made to ensure
the 100% recovery of the costs of such services as the technical maintenance of
residential facilities and elevators, water supply and disposal, collection,
disposition and recycling of household wastes thanks to the efforts to reduce
their prime cost.
Because of the increase in utility tariffs the state will continue
providing cashless housing subsidies to low-income groups of the population.
Such subsidies are provided to people and families with a condition that
their monthly utility bills exceed 20% of their monthly aggregate income in
urban areas and 15% in rural areas.