State continues to cut social security benefits
Last week, the state media reported that all discounts to pre-schoolers and students at secondary schools would be abolished, and that healthcare institutions would limit the number of times a citizen could request free medical care.
De facto, in recent years, the population has increased spending on education and healthcare systems. Meanwhile, the government does not even raise such issues as reducing the tax burden, citizens’ control over governmental spending, and quality monitoring in education and healthcare.
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.