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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Summary - There is growing evidence that personal budgets can be an effective, valued and value for money mechanism to improve the quality of life of people with long term conditions, and their experience of care and support services. They give people greater choice and control over the support they access, ensuring that it is shaped around their lives and goals. People who have used a personal budget to access support report improved experiences and wellbeing.
Despite this evidence, some commentators have expressed concerns about the use of personal budgets within the NHS. Recent coverage has suggested that the support accessed through personal budgets can be inappropriate, dismissing them as allowing people to purchase ‘luxuries’. This has raised questions about the impact on existing statutory services given limited resources, and whether they are fully compatible with a universal National Health Service. It is feared that this could threaten the sustainability of existing services if funding follows budget holders who choose alternative support.
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