Average bill for utilities ahead of inflation five times

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Photo: Lesya Polyakova / RIA Novosti

The average bill for housing and communal services (HCS) in Russia in the first half of 2018 grew by 10.6 percent compared to the same period in 2017, according to “Izvestia”, citing data from the consensus survey of the largest banks, which accept payments for utility services.

The average size of the check for HCS in the first half amounted to, according to the newspaper, 2679 rubles. The lowest rates are recorded in the savings Bank 1520 rubles. Thus, the growth of payments for utility bills more than five times higher than inflation in the first half of 2018 was 2.3 percent.

The law limits the fee to citizens for the services of HCS is restricted to coefficients that are established for each region separately and cannot exceed inflation. The latest increase of the limit payment occurred in July of this year, but given the statistics it could not influence. The impact on her could have last year’s increase, as well as increased consumption by Russians of utilities.

The biggest growth was recorded in the Siberian Federal district (2717 rubles, twice more than last year). In second place — southern Federal district (1869 rubles, 29%). The largest amount of payment — in Moscow (3450 rubles).

In some regions payments decreased in the Volgograd region for 167 rubles, Penza — 143, in the Altai territory — 88.

On 7 August the Minister of construction and housing and communal services Vladimir Yakushev stated that the growth of prices for utility services until July of next year will not happen, despite the increase in VAT from January 18 to 20 percent. The reason for fixing the limit of the payment of citizens for utilities, enshrined in law.

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