The Ministry of Social Policy has initiated an increase in amount of social payments as early as this year. This move was announced by Natalia Korolevskaya, Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine, during her visit to the territorial center of social services of Dniprovskiy district of Kyiv. In particular, according to the minister, minimum wages, pension benefits, maternity grants, and payments for orphans and children deprived of parental care will be increased, the Information-Analytical Bulletin of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine informs.

“Starting from  Dec. 1, the amount of some social payments will be increased to provide additional support to those who need it. The assistance will first be given to the most vulnerable,” Korolevskaya said. 

Minimum wages will increase by 6.2 %, and will be equal to 1,218 UAH, and minimum old-age pension benefits will increase from 894 to 949 UAH. Maternity grants will also grow. In particular, for the first born child the amount of payments will be increased from 29,160 to 30,960 UAH (or by 1,800 UAH), for the second born child a family will receive 61,920 UAH. Every third child in the family will cost the state 123,840 UAH which is 7,200 UAH more than in January 2013.

At the same time, payments for orphans and children deprived of parental care will be increased by 120-152 UAH, depending on their age. For children under 6 years, the amount of assistance will be equal to 2,064 UAH, and for children aged 6-18 years the amount of support will be 2,572 UAH.
Ministry of Social Policy experts emphasize that increase of payments will be automatic, and citizens will not need to provide any additional paperwork. On the contrary, the ministry has instructed the social services to ensure that each recipient received payments.

“Under difficult economic conditions, we never allowed to decrease social standards, but we managed to ensure their growth,” Korolevskaya said. 


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