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
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
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:
- 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
Please note, this webpage is a news article from 2013. For
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