MINSK, 25 October (BelTA) – The state budget will retain social orientation in 2023, BelTA learned from Prime Minister of Belarus Roman Golovchenko at a session of the Council of Ministers.
Roman Golovchenko said: “Spending on the social sphere will increase by 17.5% from this year's estimated spending. Spending on healthcare and education will increase by more than Br10 billion. The growth rate of spending on healthcare will be 116%, with the growth rate of spending on education at 119%. Spending on public sector salaries will be raised by 19.3%, on the payment of pensions by 16.5%, on welfare payments by 15.8%. The government will continue subsidizing the construction of housing for young families and large families, other categories of citizens in need of better housing. The construction of rented housing for certain categories of citizens on other terms will be substantially increased. The budget will appropriate Br1.6 billion for it. The growth rate of this article of expenditure will be 110.6% as against this year's estimate.”
Finance Minister Yuri Seliverstov talked to reporters and made a few comments about the next year's state budget. “The public sector will get more. Salaries will be in focus. There are plans to increase the salary fund. The state budget will also spend money on social benefits such as scholarships, allowances, meals in education institutions. All of them will be revised upwards depending on the inflation,” he remarked.