[사회]”Half the operating cost is the heating cost”… a welfare facility ‘soreum’ due to an increase in the public fee

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Quite a few people were surprised to see last month’s heating bills, which were raised alarmingly by the increase in gas prices.

Subsidized welfare facilities have a more painful effect on public utility rates.

Reporter Park Jung-hyun reports.

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A local children’s center in Guro-gu, Seoul, cares for 37 elementary school students from multicultural families or families receiving basic living security.

It is a space where children live, so we always try to keep it warm, but it is not easy to increase the temperature of the gas boiler.

This is because the increase in the price of gas has been reflected, and the heating cost bomb hit last month.

The amount charged for a space of less than 100㎡ was 790,000 won.

It was colder than the same month last year, maintaining 17 to 18 degrees below the indoor temperature in winter, but the rate increased by more than 50%.

Half the operating cost went to heating.

[성태숙 / 구로 파랑새 지역 아동 센터장 : 대략 50% 가량을 가스비가…다음 달이 되면 방학에 아이들이 온전하게 있었던 기간이 반영이 돼서 심지어 60~70%(까지 차지할 듯 합니다.)…제가 아는 기관은 운영비 받은 금액 전액을 가스비로 사용해야만 하는….]

Homeless facilities are also a breath of relief from exorbitant heating costs.

As 100 to 150 homeless people visit each day to keep warm in the bitter cold, kerosene boilers and heaters are always running.

However, the price of kerosene, which used to be around 1,000 won per litre, increased in a year, putting them in a difficult situation.

[이민규 / 옹달샘드롭인센터 행정실장 : 연료비가 많이 증가했습니다. 작년 한 해 동안 40∼50% 정도 더 연료비를 많이 쓰고 있습니다.]

Compared to the same period last year, industrial city gas rates applied to social welfare facilities rose by 40%, and kerosene also jumped by more than 400 won per liter.

Following the Russia-Ukraine war and high exchange rates, natural gas and oil prices have risen sharply and public utility bills have fluctuated.

The more money you spend on heating, the less you spend on other things.

Accordingly, the Ministry of Health and Welfare also decided to provide additional support for heating costs to some social welfare facilities, but there is scope for further heating costs to rise in the future, so it is difficult to rule out the possibility that their concerns rises continue throughout the winter.

This is YTN Park Jung-hyun.

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