During the work on the Social Assistance Reform Project the experts of CASE Ukraine studied the role of commissions in the Ukraine’s social assistance system. Commissions are formed in order to grant benefits to low-income families and housing subsidies in exceptional cases when an applicant does not meet all the eligibility criteria, but is eligible by income. However, the number of applications satisfied by commissions "as an exception" is too large to be considered an exception, which distorts the procedure of granting benefits. The commissions’ activity itself is characterized by low efficiency. The paper on the work of commissions with recommendations for increasing its efficiency can be downloaded at the link below.