Eight councils from In Control's regional personalisation
programmes have joined the first phase of its resource allocation
system (RAS) Challenge.
The councils from the North West, Eastern and East Midlands
regions will be involved in an in-depth piece of work aiming to
work with a small number of councils that are committed to
radically simplifying the RAS.
With the National Personal Budget survey showing that people whose
assessment was easy were more than twice as likely to report good
life outcomes from having a personal budget, it is even more
essential that a simple, transparent and cost effective RAS is
developed. Yet this remains a one of the hardest challenges
councils are facing in personalisation.
The RAS Challenge has been launched to address this and support
councils in developing a new RAS to help ensure the success of
Participating councils have confirmed their commitment to the
values of self-directed support in order to be able to help develop
new RAS approaches that incorporate the following principles:
- 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 council must publish clearly
the outcomes they will enable people to achieve and the support put
in place must be enough to reasonably achieve these.
- Control: The person must know the amount of
money in their budget as early as possible in the process and be
able to use the budget in ways and at times of their choosing to
achieve agreed outcomes.
For more information about the RAS Challenge, please contact