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Housing and communal services tariffs in Russia will be raised ahead of time

The annual indexation of utility tariffs will take place on December 1, 2022.

The annual indexation of utility tariffs will take place on December 1, 2022.

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The traditional annual indexation of utility tariffs is now waiting ahead of time. From July 1, 2023, it was postponed to December 1, 2022. This was reported by the Ministry of Economic Development.

That is, it turns out that in 2022 there will be a double increase in utility bills. For the first time, tariffs, as usual, were indexed from July 1. But, as the ministry explains, tariffs will be frozen for 2023. And the next increase will happen only from July 1, 2024.

On average across the country, the increase in tariffs from December 1 should be within 9%. According to the estimates of the Ministry of Economy, for a conditional average family of three, this is an extra 324 rubles a month.

From July 1, 2022, utility tariffs have increased by 2.9-6.5%, depending on the region. A specific breakdown by region from December 1 has not yet been announced, usually it is approved by a government decree.

Recall that the government approves the limit indexes for increasing utility tariffs for the population. That is, the “ceiling” as a percentage on average. The payment for housing and communal services of a particular family can “become heavier” by more than 9%, or less – but on average, for everyone, the figure announced by the government should be obtained. And one more important point. We are talking specifically about utility payments – for electricity, water, heating, etc. In the payroll, we also have housing payments (for the maintenance and repair of housing) – they are not included in these percentages.

Why was it necessary to raise utility rates earlier than usual? The Ministry of Economy explains that this is necessary to upgrade the communal infrastructure.

Indeed, as experts confirm, there is a problem here – in connection with last year’s sharp rise in prices for building materials, many repair plans went to hell.

Here is how they comment on the situation in the Ministry of Construction.

-Indexation of utility tariffs is a traditional procedure provided for by law. It is carried out within the framework of annual inflation, which is reflected in the cost of resources needed to provide utilities, repair networks and facilities, as well as the cost of fuel for boiler houses, reagents for water purification, – told reporters Deputy Minister of Construction and Housing Alexei Yeresko. – It is legally established that tariff changes cannot exceed inflation, while over the past few years, a situation has persisted in which tariff increases were significantly lower than inflation and price increases for related goods and services. The indexation of tariffs, in turn, is dictated by the need for timely financing of operating activities for the uninterrupted provision of utility services.

What to do with the fact that the incomes of Russians have not been growing very much lately, and not only housing and communal services are becoming more expensive?

Alexey Yeresko also recalled that a number of categories of residents of our country can apply for compensation and subsidies for utility bills:

-Certain categories of citizens, such as large families, pensioners, veterans, combatants, may be provided with compensation for the cost of paying for housing and utilities at the expense of the relevant budgets. Assistance is also provided to people who spend more than the established norm on paying for housing – the so-called maximum allowable share of citizens’ expenses on paying for housing and utilities. On average across the country, this norm is set at the level of 22% of the total family budget, but each region sets specific indicators independently.

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