Due to the quarantine, this summer has become very special. Autumn might pass with the previous rules – wearing masks and observing social distance – this scenario seems to be very realistic, taking into account daily growing incidence rates of the Covid-19 coronavirus and the government's decision to extend the restrictive measures made the day before.
If Ukrainians have somehow got used to the observance of sanitary and epidemiological standards, then with the onset of September they will have to learn to live in new realities. Let's dwell on them in more detail.
Minimum salary increase
September 1, the minimum wage in Ukraine would increase by 5.86% - up to UAH 5,000 (180 USD). As of today, it amounts to UAH 4,723 (170 USD).
In general, it is planned to increase the minimum wage in three stages, as a result of the implementation of which from the current 4,732 UAH it should grow to 6,500 UAH (230 USD). The increase would be gradual – 220 USD on January 1, 230 USD on July 1, 2021.
Raising the minimum wage in a short time, according to President Volodymyr Zelensky, is not safe.
"It is unsafe to do this in a short time. But the government and the National Bank of Ukraine are confident that at the beginning of 2021 the minimum wage would reach 220 USD, and then in the middle of the year it would amount to 250 USD," the head of state promised.
Zelensky called the increase in the minimum wage "a correct and lively attitude towards people."
Slight increase in pensions
The increase in pensions is spelled out in the norms of the Law "On the State Budget of Ukraine for 2020" and the last time it took place in July, when the minimum payments for persons who lost the ability to work increased by 2,6 USD - to 1,712 hryvnias (62 USD).
According to this law, increase in pensions (by 2 USD - to UAH 1,769 or 64 USD) is planned for December, however, due to the aforementioned increase in the minimum wage, pensions for 1.5 million people would increase from September.
As Advisor to the Minister of Social Policy Mykola Shambir said on the air of Ukraine 24 TV channel, the amount would be insignificant.
"And the number of people covered is small. Somewhere 1.5 million pensioners will be affected by an increase in wages. The minimum wage of 170 USD from September will be UAH 180 USD. If the Verkhovna Rada accepts this (already accepted, since the interview was recorded earlier, - ed.), 40% of the minimum wage will be the minimum pension for persons aged 65 years," he explained.
Shambir also assured that this increase would not put a heavy burden on the budget.
"Almost all pensions are now subject to increase. There are pensions that are not subjected to index-linking. But we are also working to fully cover everyone with indexing next year," Shambir added.
Increase in doctors' salaries
From September 1, an increase in wages for all doctors of secondary and tertiary medical care, including emergency workers, is provided.
"The increase will affect both doctors and middle and junior medical personnel. This will be a fairly significant increase compared to what was before," said Minister of Health Maksym Stepanov.
In particular, it is planned to increase salaries in the amount of 25% of the minimum wage and up to 70% of the official salary, depending on the position.
According to Prime Minister Denys Shmygal, this year, salary costs for all doctors will increase by almost 290 million USD. The supplement for nurses will be 80 USD, and for junior nurses – 43 USD.
National Bank to strengthen protection of the rights of banks' clients
September 1, new requirements of the National Bank of Ukraine for advertising banking services and filling the websites of financial institutions come into force.
In accordance with the new requirements, the websites and advertisements of banks must contain reliable, truthful, relevant, and sufficient information about deposits and loans, their cost, conditions, and risks, which will not mislead customers.
The National Bank notes that this would allow consumers to understand the conditions for receiving services, compare offers from different banks, and "make really balanced financial decisions."
The requirements relate only to the advertising of specific products or services for citizens and do not apply to advertising of services for businesses and individuals - entrepreneurs, and also do not apply to image and category advertising of banks.
New procedure for entering Belarus
From September 1, citizens of Ukraine will need foreign passports to travel to Belarus.
As explained in the State Border Service, this will improve the protection of Ukrainians, since, in the event of a loss of an internal passport abroad, the identification of Ukrainian citizens by foreign institutions is long and difficult, in contrast to the operational procedures for documenting travelers in case of loss of a passport.
The State Border Guard Service also predicts a significant reduction in the time it takes to pass border control since the information from foreign passports is read using automatic readers.
Ukrainians who live in Belarus can apply for a passport at the Ukrainian Embassy in Minsk or the Ukrainian Consulate in Brest. And those who after September 1 will be on the territory of Belarus without foreign passports, during their return to Ukraine, will be allowed to pass freely using their internal passports.
At the same time, citizens of Ukraine - residents of border regions - will be able to continue to be guided by the current regime of travel to the Republic of Belarus at local checkpoints using internal passports and birth certificates (for persons under the age of 18).
Children go to school
However, given the quarantine restrictions introduced to combat the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus infection, children in all regions would return to schools.
In particular, schools would not work in those cities or districts where the "red" level of epidemic danger is established. In all the rest - "green", "yellow", "orange" levels - training will take place as usual, but with strict observance of the lockdown rules.
MPs to come back from vacations
The fourth session of the Verkhovna Rada of the IX convocation will begin its work on September 1. After returning to the session hall, the parliament will work until January 22, 2021.
At the time of the fourth session of the Verkhovna Rada of the IX convocation, the draft schedule has been allocated: 10 weeks - for plenary sessions of parliament, 7 weeks - for work in committees, commissions, deputy groups (deputy groups), 4 weeks - for the work of MPs with voters and 10 hours - to conduct "Hour of Questions to the Government."
Invataxi in Kyiv
Kyiv to launch a "social taxi" for children with disabilities. The Kyiv City State Administration notes that such a service would make it easier for parents and their children to access the necessary services.
As explained by deputy chairman of the Kyiv City State Administration Maryna Honda, at first, it would be a pilot project for 170 children with disabilities who need constant rehabilitation and must move around the city.
If the effectiveness of the innovation is confirmed, then "Invataxi" would be available for all persons with disabilities who cannot move independently.
According to the Kyiv City State Administration, about 8,000 people with disabilities need specialized transport in Ukraine’s capital.