Authorities switch to manual mode of governance
On February 1st, public utilities rates were raised substantially. According to the 2013 scheme, these rates regularly increase by USD 5 on average. The rates have grown despite the falling household income due to the Belarusian rouble‟s 40% devaluation in 2015. In addition, the authorities have lifted price regulation measures, which were introduced in late 2014 and simultaneously restricted household income growth in 2015, in particular, for state employees. In 2015, the year of presidential elections, the Belarusian authorities will be prompted to keep the balance between social support and economic stability in order not to cause tension within the society and to save the economy from collapse.
According to Belstat, in August 7,600 people were dismissed, including 4,800 civil servants. Dismissals of civil servants were due to the optimisation in the public administration by up to 30%. Some civil servants would retain their job however would lose the status of a civil servant. Vacancies on the labour market are likely to reduce in number, thanks to the optimisation, the state administration would increase wages for public servants. The payroll fund for retained employees is likely to increase and some former state employees are likely to get jobs in affiliated organizations. The optimisation of the state apparatus should complete by January 1st, 2018, and some former civil servants are likely to join the ranks of the unemployed.