The increase in utility tariffs from July 1, 2018
According to the forecast of the Ministry of Economic Development, the traditional increase in utility tariffs from July 1, 2018 will not exceed 4%. For the last five years, tariffs have been indexed in the middle of summer, however, despite the average rate, growth may vary in the regions.
Latest news: Moscow and Moscow region
The growth of utility tariffs will be no more than 4%, the Federal Antimonopoly Service said. In a press release, it is noted that this increase corresponds to the forecast of socio-economic development for the current year. The document also says that a 4% increase does not mean that “a citizen will receive a payment for utilities, the amount of which will grow by exactly that amount”.
The FAS noted that in Russian subjects they have the right to set maximum indices and their size may vary - to be both above average and below. In case of excess, this should be agreed upon by local deputies, the main thing is that the aggregate value should not go beyond the limits set by the government of the country.
Important! The increase in the cost of services will be reflected in the invoices for the calendar month.
According to the housing code, to control changes in the cost of utility tariffs is the prerogative of the government. Starting from 2013, tariffs are indexed once a year, on July 1. This year, marginal growth - 4%, was set by the forecast of the Ministry of Economic Development.
If we talk specifically about each service provided by the example of regions, then in Moscow the changes will be as follows:
- cold water - 7.5%;
- hot water - 4.4%;
- heating - 3.67%;
- electricity - 7.3%.
But in the Moscow region the increase will vary in the range of 4-6% (table below):
|Service Provided||Increase, in%|
|Water supply and sanitation||3,8%|
According to the latest news, the FAS Russia conducted an inspection and did not reveal any violations, calling the increase in utility tariffs “planned”.
"The average change in the payment for KU in Russia <...> corresponds to the forecast of socio-economic development," - said the agency.
How much tariffs will grow, and who can get benefits
Last year, the growth of tariffs also amounted to four percent, but it was different in the regions.The highest growth was recorded in the capital of Russia - 7%. This is followed by St. Petersburg, Kamchatka Territory and Yakutia - in these subjects the increase reached six percent. The minimum values last year were recorded:
- North Ossetia (Alania) - 2.5%;
- Altai Krai - 3.2%;
- Kabardino-Balkaria Republic - 3.3;
- Dagestan - 3.3%.
As for this year, how much tariffs will grow also depends on the region. The maximum growth is traditionally expected in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) and the city of St. Petersburg - 6% each. Next come Bashkiria and the Kemerovo Region - in these regions, tariffs will increase by 5.9%, in the Novgorod and Kirov Regions - 5.5%. The lowest rates are expected in the Novosibirsk region and the RNO (Alania) - three percent.
It is clear that the increase in the cost of public services will be reflected, first of all, in the socially unprotected segments of the population. The government provides for several categories of citizens who are entitled to receive benefits to pay for them. In Moscow alone, there are 47 categories of such citizens:
- war veterans;
- invalids of the Second World War;
- residents of besieged Leningrad who became disabled;
- disabled people;
- families with three or more dependents;
- orphans and others.