The new utility standards, pensions and grants: in may will change the lives of Ukrainians

Ukrainians will recalculate pensions and a living wage. At the moment, the Ukrainian pensioners receive no less than 1247 UAH, and from the first of may the minimum payment will increase to 1312 hryvnia. Indexation will also affect the amount of subsidy. In addition, will enter into force new social norms on heating is considerably reduced. As a result, in October (beginning of the heating season) for the heating subsidy will have to pay more. The website “Today” figured out how the life of Ukrainians will change in may 2017.

Subsidies and social norms

At the end of the heating season, the Cabinet of Ministers adopted the decision on the revision of social standards on heating. The subsidy is assigned to a social norm, and this norm with the first of may reduced. Change of Ukrainians will feel in October when the heating season starts 2017/2018.

For example, last winter the subsidy covers 330 cubic meters heating the apartment with an area of 60 square meters, in the next heating season “utilities discount” will charge only 300 cubic meters. If we continue to burn 330 cubic meters, 30 cubic meters have to pay without subsidies. According to the current rate is still 204 hryvnia. In the apartment of the same size, with Central heating, the subsidy will cover instead of 3.28 is only 2.5 Gcal of heat. If you do not reduce consumption, 0,7 Gcal will have to pay without subsidies. In Kiev, this amount of heat will cost about 1411 USD.

New regulations will allow the state to save on subsidies, and the Ukrainians make the save, experts believe. “This will lead to the reduction of subsidies. Social norms are reduced, and the subsidy covers only social norms. In addition, it will lead to growth of payment. Something to cover the subsidy, and the rest people have to pay themselves,” said Today the Director of energy programs of the Center for world economy and international relations of national Academy of Sciences Valentin Zemlyansky.

In addition, in may, all grants count – “discounts” will reduce considering the fact that heating will not have to pay. Anyone over the past six months had accumulated an overpayment for heating, the first of may it just write off. “If you heat a house or apartment with gas, on account of leave the equivalent of 100 cubic meters of gas. If you have an overpayment on the Central heating – all the money will be written off from the account and return to the budget”, – said the “Today” on the hot line of the Cabinet.

New social standards

From the first of may Ukrainians will index social benefits: pensions, a living wage and related accruals. For example, the size of the subsistence minimum depends on the payment of survivors ‘ pensions: cost of living for the child take the average monthly family income per person. The difference to single parent pay on a monthly basis.

For example, the family of three has gross income of four thousand hryvnias. Per person – 1333 hryvnia. Thus, before the first of may, the subsistence minimum for children up to 18 years – UAH 1689. Accordingly, the amount of the pension is only 355 hryvnia. After the first of may, the subsistence minimum for children up to 18 years will increase to 1777 hryvnia, if the family income does not change, the pension will increase to 444 USD.


As a result of indexation will also increase and the minimum pension – from 1247 to 1312 hryvnia. 65 hryvnia will raise all pensions by age, with the exception of payments to working pensioners. At the same time, the minimum wage Ukrainians to increase this year no longer. We will remind, since January, the minimum wage is raised from 1600 to 3200 hryvnia.

By the way, as a result of growth of the subsistence minimum the amount of subsidy for families of the unemployed will be reduced. Since the middle of last year, if able-bodied family member not officially working, when calculating subsidies, as stated by the Deputy Minister of social policy Vitaly Muminin, take into account his income in the amount of two minimum subsistence levels (from the first of may – 3288 hryvnia).

Present pension reform

According to the Memorandum with the IMF, in may the government done to develop a draft pension reform. At the moment we know that the retirement age for Ukrainians is not touched. However, the number of payers of single social contribution will increase (at the expense of those who at the moment has the right not to pay), missing work experience, you can buy (for 704 UAH per month).

Another important step is the pension modernization. Payments to Ukrainians in retirement will be recalculated to reflect the new size of the average wage. Roughly five million pensioners will receive an increase of from 50 to 1000 hryvnia.

Another possible innovation – pensioners will be banned from working. According to the Minister sotspolitiki Andrey Reva, will affect not all Ukrainian pensioners, but only “the rich.” So, thousands of Ukrainians receive a pension more than 10 thousand hryvnia, and individual retirees, such as judges, retired have more than 200 thousand hryvnia. Pensioners with high benefits, suggesting the Ministry may prohibit work (then you have to choose: either salary or pension).

By the way, may weekend in honor of the holidays, maybe this year will be the last time. According to the developed by the Institute of memory updated the holiday calendar, the weekend of the ninth and the first of may will be canceled. This year days – the first and second (Monday and Tuesday), and the ninth of may (Tuesday).