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Belarus' vice premier comments on social spending in 2021

MINSK (BelTA) – Belarus' Deputy Prime Minister Igor Petrishenko spoke about the planned social spending in 2021 in an interview with the ONT TV channel ONT on 13 December, BelTA has learned.

“Br16.5 billion will be allocated for salaries in the budget-financed sector in 2021. About Br50 million is budgeted to raise salaries of low-paid categories (yard-keepers, nurses and others). Next year we will continue making COVID-19 bonus payments to medical professionals. Br118 million has been reserved in the budget for this purpose,” Igor Petrishenko said.

According to him, in 2021 the government is planning to increase the spending from the budget on healthcare (by 6.8%), education (by 8.2%), culture, sport and media (by 7.1%). “To support large families we are reserving about Br1 billion of budget funds to subsidize the construction of housing. By the way, this year 8,000 such families received their own apartments. About 14,000 more are on the list of people in need of better housing. The head of state has set a task to provide large families with their own housing within a year or two. The government is actively working on this problem,” the vice premier noted.