In Belarus, housing and communal services rise in price from October 1. For example, tariffs for electricity go 15% up, tariffs for thermal energy for heating and hot water - 3.2%, maintenance of residential buildings - 3%. The corresponding decree № 1300 was adopted by the Council of Ministers of Belarus on September 28.
Council of Ministers also introduces fees for water and wastewater services to the citizens, having instruments of individual water meters at home. The rates will be set by law within 140 liters of water consumption per resident per day.
"Fees for water services and sanitation, excessively consumed, will be charged according to the rates, established by laws of the Republic of Belarus, providing a full refund of economically justified costs," reads the decision.
"Utility tariffs for a family of three, living in a typical two-bedroom apartment, will increase by Br8.1 thousand during the heating period," noted in the Council of Ministers.
Belarus ranked third in utility tariffs price rise among the CIS countries. This is evidenced by the results of analysis of the CIS Interstate Statistical Committee of the indices of prices and tariffs on certain types of housing and communal services in the CIS in the first quarter of 2011.