On the International Day of People with Disabilities, the Ukrainian authorities have made quite a few statements about their assistance to such people. But in fact, after 2013, the level of support for people with disabilities has deteriorated significantly. This was stated by the MP of the OPPOSITION PLATFORM – FOR LIFE Serhiy Lovochkin. The politician is convinced that after the change of power, funding for this item will be significantly increased in the country.

“The International Day of People with Disabilities is the only day of the year when the authorities remember these people, and only in words. In fact, over the past five years, assistance to 2 million 636 thousand such people has significantly decreased: if at the beginning of 2014 the average disability pension was UAH 1 406.5 or $ 175.8,  today it is UAH 1 996.2 or slightly more than $ 71. Over the years, official inflation was 142%, and nominal assistance to people with disabilities has increased only by 41.9%. And this is a real indicator of the “care” of the current authorities about them. I am convinced that after the change of power, funding under this article will be significantly increased in the country,” Serhiy Lovochkin stated.

The politician said that the average disability pension is lower than the actual subsistence minimum for the disabled. The average disability pension does not cover even the actual subsistence minimum for the disabled. According to the Ministry of Social Policy, as of October 1, 2018, the actual subsistence minimum for the disabled was UAH 2766, while the average disability pension was UAH 1996.2.

“In fact, the majority of people with disabilities are below the absolute poverty line, with incomes below the actual subsistence minimum. Disability payments in Ukraine are 5-6 times lower than in neighboring Poland, where at the beginning of 2018 the average disability pension was EUR 388,” he said.

At the same time, according to the MP from the OPPOSITION PLATFORM – FOR LIFE, problems in the employment of people with disabilities continue to accumulate: at the beginning of 2018, the number of people with disabilities of working age in Ukraine was over 2 million people, among whom 530.4 thousand worked. That is, the level of employment among people of working age with disabilities is only 26.4%.

In addition, the state allocates less money for the rehabilitation program. From 2013 to 2018, the real level of planned financing fell by almost half: in 2013, $ 105 million, in 2018, $ 54.4 million. This was reported by Serhiy Lovochkin in his request to the government, with the requirement to take measures on increasing the social protection of people with disabilities.

“The current authorities have thrown off the care of everyone who needs it. They only care about the state apparatus and power structures, in the hope to prolong power with their help. But ordinary people will vote in the elections, and they will not allow those who have forced them to tighten their belts for five years to remain in power,” the MP from the OPPOSITION PLATFORM – FOR LIFE concluded.