According to the statement of the press service of the Ombudsman, the Office of the Commissioner has received many appeals from Ukrainian people with regard to violation of their right to benefits.
After amendments were made to the Government’s resolution #319, benefits are no longer accrued after subsidies were appointed to the people registered at the living quarters (house). Information on the people with subsidies is provided to the enterprises-manufacturers of housing and communal services and added to the Unified Automated State Register of Persons Entitled to Benefits.
“However, the provision of benefits for housing and communal services to certain categories of citizens is safeguarded by several laws of Ukraine, in particular, the law “On status and social protection of the citizens affected as a result of the Chernobyl disaster”, “On status of war veterans, guarantees of their social protection”, “On general principles of social protection of veterans of labor and other elderly citizens in Ukraine” and so on” , the Ombudsman’s office explains and adds that cancellation of the benefits can be determined only by the laws of Ukraine.
“On the other hand, depriving the citizens of their benefits through the legislative act of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, specifically the resolution #319, is unlawful since it violates the requirements of the aforementioned laws of Ukraine” , the Ombudsman’s office adds.
Valeria Lutkovskaya called corresponding amendments made by the Government to paragraph 4 of the Provision on the order of appointing and granting subsidies to the population for compensation of payment for housing and communal services, purchase of liquefied gas, solid and liquid domestic heating fuel – “an abuse of authority”.
She requests Vladimir Groysman to withdraw the amendments to paragraph 4 of the Provision made by the resolution #319.
Source: Human Rights Information Centre