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Kent Intelligence Network registers savings approaching £300k

Added: (Mon Sep 11 2017)

Pressbox (Press Release) - Kent County Council is the largest local authority in England covering an area of 3,500 square kilometres. It has an annual expenditure of over £1bn and a population of 1.3m. The Council provides a wide range of personal and strategic services on behalf of its residents, operating in partnership with twelve district councils and around three hundred parish and town councils.

The Kent Intelligence Network

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) estimates that fraud costs the public sector alone around £37.5 billion a year and is equivalent to 5.5 per cent of the £694 billion spent annually. Fraudulent claims made against local authorities for various types of financial support are responsible for a significant proportion of these losses. Such fraud and corruption not only reduces available resources to support legitimate claimants but also lessens even further the amount of money that can be spent on essential public services at a time of severe pressure on budgets.

In response to this situation 2015 saw the Counter Fraud Team within Kent County Council set-up the Kent Intelligence Network (KIN); a Kent-wide partnership between local authorities with the shared objectives of the detection, prevention and deterrence of fraud and corruption, and where possible the recovery of taxpayer money that has been claimed unlawfully.

Detection is facilitated through close collaboration between member organisations who share a wide range of pre-existing data sets with the KIN. By joining this data together to produce an integrated view for the whole region the KIN can apply advanced analytics which identify matches and patterns within the data that indicate potential fraud.

Recognised savings

The award-winning Kent Intelligence Network (KIN) at Kent County Council has registered savings of nearly £300,000 in the last few months of operation.

The innovative data sharing partnership uses Connexica’s CXFIRE solution to combine 13 local authority’s data sets together to identify any discrepancies that may indicate fraud is taking place.

The recent savings have mainly been made through the application of three core data matching algorithms:

• Matching the register of residents claiming Single Person Discount with the Social Housing waiting list to identify cases where a resident claiming to be living alone is making a social housing application with other adults
• Matching Small Business Rate applications across regions to identify cases where a business claiming relief is registered at more than one address, or where a business is claiming relief multiple times for different premises located across different districts

The KIN has recently deployed a third matching algorithm that compares Non-Domestic Rate data against the list of organisations registered as charities. A match is identified where an organisation claiming charitable relief is not present on the charities list.

The current project is set to produce additional data matches within the coming months to help the KIN highlight and reduce fraud, the project is estimated to registers savings of £4million.

The KIN project has gained industry recognition, with nominations for awards including the National Technology Awards Public Sector Project of the Year, and playing an integral part in CXFIRE provider Connexica winning the Sentinel Science and Technology Company of the Year award in 2016.

About Connexica

Staffordshire-based Connexica specialises in the development of CXAIR, the search powered data discovery platform, which it sells directly and through a global network of partners. The company’s extensive experience in Data Integration & Discovery | Analytics & Reporting powered by search technology has enabled it and its partners to deliver innovative self-service solutions to organisations across many industries.

Submitted by:Jenny Jones
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