The annual indexation of tariffs for housing and communal services will take place eight months earlier than planned: instead of July 1, 2023, utility prices will increase on December 1, 2022, reports TASS with reference to the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation.
The maximum level of indexation of tariffs for the population in the country will not exceed 9%, and the final decision on the level of indexation will be made by the authorities of the subjects, the ministry said. At the same time, last year’s budget assumed that the indexation of tariffs for housing and communal services would not exceed the target value of the Central Bank for inflation of 4%.
The cost change will affect cold and hot water, electricity, heat, gas and municipal solid waste. In early December, the average monthly payment for one family of three may increase by about 324 rubles.
At the same time, the repeated indexation in 2022 will be compensated by the fact that in 2023 there will be no increase in prices for housing and communal services. The next indexation should take place on July 1, 2024.
The Ministry of Economic Development explained the “leading” indexation by the need to update heating mains, water pipes and other facilities. in FAS already commented decision of the department and noted that they would monitor compliance with the approved limit indices and prevent unreasonable growth.
“The change in tariffs for housing and communal services is based on the forecast of the socio-economic development of the Russian Federation by the Ministry of Economic Development. The existing system of tariff regulation does not allow an increase in the total payment for the “communal” of citizens by more than the amount of inflation,” the agency’s press service said.