Accessibility

Resource Allocation Systems (RAS)

The resource allocation system (RAS) defines each person's personal budget. The system must therefore give an indication of how much money should be made available to the person in their personal budget and say clearly what outcomes should be achieved through the use of that money.

Defining both the outcomes and resources early on in the process ensures that people can spend money in ways and at times that make sense to them.

By creating a personal budget, using a RAS, self-directed support offers the individual and their family both clarity of outcomes and flexible control of resources, while avoiding an over-reliance on pre-commissioned block-purchased services.

Having clarity of outcomes and resources also allows individuals and their families to develop personalised support plans appropriate to their own unique circumstances, aspirations and needs- rather than taking a one size fits all approach.  As state resources are decided early on, the individual is free to draw on their own social and financial resources to implement support that looks beyond meeting basic needs and outside of the limited range of service solutions traditionally on offer.

Watch a presentation on RAS by John Waters below.


Last Updated : 25 January 2011. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.

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