Data firms pitch profiling tools to UK councils to identify people in need


Data-driven companies like Experian, CACI, and Xantura are pitching their services to help UK local officials to identify people in need. Xantura and CIPFA, the accountancy body for the public sector, have teamed up to deploy a £15,000 tool that uses local authority data including the NHS’s “shielded” list of individuals at extra risk from COVID-19 and other risk factors and demographic data to predict future needs for financial support and social care and assign risk for not only an individual’s health but who might be at greater risk of domestic violence and marital breakdown. Critics are concerned that the technology tools will be hard to dislodge post-pandemic.
Writer: Cynthia O’Murchu
Publication: Financial Times

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