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Coming soon...The RAS Challenge

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 personalisation.

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:

  1. Transparency: The RAS methodology must be in the public domain at a community level.
  2. Simplicity: The process must be simple and the individual and their family must know how the decision was reached for them.
  3. 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 communications@in-control.org.uk

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Last Updated : 25 July 2013. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.