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22. Money - Resource Allocation

22. Money - Resource Allocation

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Money – resource allocation fact sheet. This fact sheet tells you how a local authority decides how much money you can get for support. The local authority uses a system that is usually called the Resource Allocation System – RAS for short.
Money – resource allocation fact sheet. This fact sheet tells you how a local authority decides how much money you can get for support. The local authority uses a system that is usually called the Resource Allocation System – RAS for short.

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Self-Directed Support
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To get more help
 contact In Control.Tel:
01564 821 650
Email In Control
help@in-control.org.uk
Find more fact sheets at:www.in-control.org.uk/factsheets
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This fact sheet wasproduced by In Controland Mencap as part of In control and me, a lottery funded project.www.in-control.org.uk/incontrolandme
Money – resourceallocation
This act sheet tells you how a localauthority decides how much money youcan get or support.The local authority uses a system thatis usually called the Resource AllocationSystem –
RAS
 
or short.
 
fact sheet
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To get more help
 contact In Control.Tel:
01564 821 650
Email In Control
help@in-control.org.uk
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Find more fact sheets at:www.in-control.org.uk/factsheets
This fact sheet wasproduced by In Controland Mencap as part of In control and me, a lottery funded project.www.in-control.org.uk/incontrolandme
The basic facts
in Control made the frst Resource Allocation System so localauthorities could quickly tell people how much money wasavailable or their support.Sel-Directed Support is Government policy now. So every localauthority should have a RAS. Some local authorities may notcall their system RAS, though.
The Resource Allocation System should make sure:
 
 you know quickly how much money you are entitled to 
explain what outcomes the local authority expects youto achieve with the money.
The local authority should also be clear:
 
about how long the money will be available 
what the money can and can’t be spent on 
how they will give you the money. Is it weekly, monthlyor quarterly? 
what guidance and support they can give to help youmanage the money.
More information aboutresource allocation
The frst stage is to fll out a sel-assessment questionnaire.(There is another In Control actsheet called ‘Money – fndingout how much I will get’).The Resource Allocation System works out an indicative sum o money rom the sel-assessment questionnaire. This gives youan idea o what the money is likely to be. It is an indication o what is air and reasonable.When you know the indicative amount, you need to make asupport plan that shows how you intend to use the money.(There is another In Control act sheet called ‘How to make aSupport Plan’).
 
fact sheet
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To get more help
 contact In Control.Tel:
01564 821 650
Email In Control
help@in-control.org.uk
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Find more fact sheets at:www.in-control.org.uk/factsheets
This fact sheet wasproduced by In Controland Mencap as part of In control and me, a lottery funded project.www.in-control.org.uk/incontrolandme
A care manager or social worker at the local authority looks at your support plan. They will either agree or disagree with it.(There’s another In Control actsheet called ‘Getting your planagreed’.)I the local authority doesn’t agree your plan, or they allocatea sum o money you don’t agree with, you can ask or acomplaint orm. (There’s another In Control act sheet ‘What i I disagree with the Resource Allocation?’)Once it’s decided how much money you will get, you canreceive the money in dierent ways. You can manage themoney yoursel. But you could get someone else to manageit or you. Or you can manage part o the money and getsomeone else to do the rest.You will need a separate bank account to hold the money.(There’s another In Control actsheet called ‘Opening a bankaccount’.)
More detail - Personal Budgets
The money you get or your support is called a Personal Budgetor Individual Budget.A Personal Budget is social services money. An IndividualBudget is made up o money rom dierent places. (Peoplesometimes defne these two things dierently or get themmixed up – there’s another In Control actsheet called ‘PersonalBudgets, Individual Budgets and Direct Payments’).
A Personal Budget or Individual Budget should be:
 
transparent – you know how much money you have tospend 
controllable – you are able to control how your money isspent. 
exible – you can spend the money on the widest rangeo options possible 
uniormly monitored 
outcomes-ocused – what you achieve with the money ismore important than what you spend it on.

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