EQUAL CHANCES FOR EVERYONE: HOW INTRODUCTION OF SOCIAL CERTIFICATE CHANGES SERVICE SECTOR

The Social Certificate as a Tool of State-Funded Services Availability and Quality Improvement session at Moscow Financial Forum became a platform for discussing the issues of demographic landscape, legal regulation, supplementary education and digital economy. Regional representatives shared their cases and challenges faced in the course of implementation of social service certificates. 

Governor of the Novgorod Region Andrey Nikitin told about the development of summer recreational programs for disabled children: “Earlier, children went to day recreation camps but now there are no more restrictions. If a child is able to go to a tent camp, he will go there”. It is very important to provide “equal chances to everyone”, Nikitin stressed. “If the infrastructure of a region differs greatly from that of another region, it does not mean that the quality of services provided should be different. There are children everywhere, and they are to get the best”.

The certificate is provided not for a number of classes or training sessions but for a number of hours, so as not to harm a child with excessive load. We will issue a certificate for the number of hours he or she is permitted to have according to sanitary standards without causing any harm to a child’s health”, - says Governor or the Khanty-Mansiysk District – Yugra Natalya Komarova. According to her, these measures will help parents to choose a certificate depending on the child’s capacity instead of just occupying him or her with some task.

Deputy Minister of Education of RF Marina Rakova sees the certificate as a tool that enables to handle large resources: “As of April 5, 2019, we issued about 1,300,000 respective certificates, which have already been used by 900,000 children from 42 constituent territories of the Russian Federation”.

First Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Moscow Region – Minister of Education of the Moscow Region Olga Zabralova referred to the inclusion of contractors from the neighbouring constituent territories in the regional register of service suppliers as to their legal right: “If a supplier complies with all regulatory requirements, we may include such supplier on the register, and there are no reasons for rejection”.

“A service rendered should be of highest quality; it should cost the same for the state, no matter who is going to render it. Consumers are interested in the rest of the process”, - First Deputy of Secretary of the General Council of the United Russia political party Olga Batalina stressed.

Member of Civil Chamber of RF Elena Topoleva-Soldunova admitted that she does not regard the distribution of certificates as a transparent process: rates for one and the same service provided by state-funded and non-budgetary entities may vary: “It would be wrong to say that some sector provides more expensive services, and non-public suppliers with more expensive certificates will attract more attention, while the state-funded ones will be on the losing side. This is a great incentive for the state-funded entities, so long as competition is the core of development”.
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