Making resource allocation systems (RAS) simpler and more and
transparent is critical to the success of personalisation.
The issue of the RAS continues to be of great concern aross the
sector and with personal budget users and carers.
The transpaernt, early allocation of resources is key to
personalisation working well. Without this transparency and
openness, personalisation is in danger of being merely another
policy reform where little really changes.
Our fear is that a combination of the dire resource situations
councils face and frustrations with complex RAS' may lead to some
councils throwing the baby out with the bath water. We need to
reform - not scrap the RAS. Abandoning the principe of people
knowing what money is in their budget is likely to seriously
undermine the sharing of power that is at the heart of
In Control has worked for a decade trying to help local
authorities to be bold in their personalisation strategies but RAS
has proved to be one of the hardest challenges of all. This is why
we have decided to launch a RAS challenge in the autumn. We will be
inviting councils that understand the need to retain the core
principles of self-directed support to work with us to develop new
RAS approaches. We will be using a simple ready reckoner matrix to
produce an indicative budget linked to set funding levels that
people can plan within.
Going forward we believe three key principles are vital:
- Transparency: The RAS methodology must be in
the public domain at a community level.
- Simplicity: The process must be simple and the
individual and their family must know how the decision was reached
- Sufficiency: The local authority must publish
clearly the outcomes they will support people to achieve and the
budget must be enough to reasonably achieve these.
If you are interested in finding out more about the RAS
challenge, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org