Zoe Thompson shares details with Justice Together of how they used RAS and statutory guidance to get Direct Payments for access to leisure opportunities
We applied for a Child in Need assessment for P (16 year old male) under Section 17 of the Children Act. P’s needs were assessed using the RAS form (Resource Allocation System). Here is a link to a blank copy of a RAS form.
It is very long but has been useful, not just for direct payments but also as part of the evidence that was submitted to transfer P from DLA to PIP, where his funding was actually increased.
We have also found the RAS form useful for providing evidence for P’s EHC Plan. So the form is long but it was worth doing in our case.
The most important bit of the RAS form is probably the bit where it tells you how many points equate to what indicative budget. This is how our local authority calculate it:
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