Join In Control on its first RAS Challenge

In Control is launching a RAS (Resource Allocation Systems) Challenge in its regional personalisation improvement programme areas including the North West and Eastern regions.

The first region to kick off the challenge is the North West with Liverpool, Manchester, Tameside and Wigan councils all taking part.

The programme of work will start with a workshop on 16th December for the North West and activity will start in the Eastern region in the New Year.

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 personalisation.

In order to ensure focused and meaningful activity In Control is limiting the number of authorities that are able to take part in the challenge. While most of these will be in the areas where regional programmes are running, there are a small number of spaces open to councils outside of these areas.

To participate councils should be committed to the values of self-directed support in order to be able to help develop new RAS approaches that incorporate the following principles:

  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 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.
  4. 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.

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Last Updated : 06 January 2017. Page Author: philippa.barker.