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Deposit accounts can cause problems for IDPs
Mrs. Anna (on the right) and the representative of the public reception office of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union in Sumy. Photo: helsinki.org.ua
Mrs. Anna (on the right) and the representative of the public reception office of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union in Sumy.

A displaced person from Luhansk Anna addressed the public reception office of Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union in Sumy. The woman was left without a monthly targeted assistance to internally displaced persons. The reason was her deposit account in the bank.

Money (a relatively small sum of about 600 dollars) was given by her loving granddaughter who lived and worked in Kyiv. Mrs. Anna was afraid to keep money in the rented room, despite the fact that her room was locked separately from other persons. Therefore, the woman decided to put them to the deposit account. This happened almost simultaneously with the writing of appeal for social protection on providing a monthly targeted assistance to IDPs to cover living expenses, including housing and communal services. Most likely, while being accepted at the social security reception, the woman was not informed properly of the prohibition to have a deposit in an amount exceeding 10-fold size of the minimum subsistence

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For some time the woman received the social welfare payment, but the verification process that was conducted in relation to IDPs revealed the presence of deposit account and payments stopped. According to paragraph 6 of the Order providing a monthly targeted assistance to IDPs to cover living expenses, including housing and communal services, approved by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers № 505 "On providing a monthly targeted assistance to IDPs to cover living expenses, including housing and communal services" dated 01.10.2014. cash assistance is not granted in case if: any family member has a deposit in the bank account funds in the amount exceeding 10-fold size of the subsistence minimum, established for able-bodied persons (since 01.05.2016 to 30.11.2016 — 1450 UAH.). Moreover, the specialists on social protection explained the woman that she would have to return the paid assistance to the state.

The pensioner was desperate. She needed the monthly assistance to rent the apartment in Sumy, because the pension due to rising prices is barely enough for the essentials. She could not return home to Luhansk. First, even before the armed hostilities, her Pro-Ukrainian views drew the attention of others, and second, Anna’s house in Luhansk was destroyed because of bombardment. She moved to Sumy in 2014 and loved this city a lot despite all problems.

The question on continuation of monthly targeted assistance had to be solved very urgently. According to the deposit agreement, it is impossible to terminate the contract before expiry of the term. The woman has no right to take money from the bank by a certain date. In the Department of Social protection of Sumy Municipal Council the pensioner was reported that financial assistance could be resumed if she terminated the deposit. Public lawyers of Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union in Sumy began to find a way out of this difficult situation.

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