Mortality screening is provided as a part of the National Fraud Initiative (NFI), a sophisticated data matching exercise that we have provided for the Cabinet Office since 1996. It identifies matches within data between public and private sector bodies enabling them to detect and prevent fraud.
The NFI data is provided by some 1,300 participating organisations from across both public and private sectors. Crucially, our mortality screening services provides matching to data provided by the Department for Work and Pensions, enabling you to identify those deceased individuals within your database who you still provide with payments and services. This could include:
- Pension payments
- Concessionary or disability blue badges
- Social housing provision
- Application fraud via. identify theft
- Continued payment by a Local Authority to private residential care home
The ability to install a robust mortality screening programme is more affordable than you think. Linked with the impact on budgets could make by not allowing fraud to continue unchecked for long periods of time has to be a priority.
The requirement for good quality, regularly updated data is crucial as part of a robust customer management process and none more so for organisations who need to protect themselves from fraud.
We recommend data screening is performed every 6 months to detect uninformed deaths also limiting the value of benefits or cost of services that may have built up. This allows you to take positive action supporting families who have innocently forgotten to inform you of changes as well as identify and stop fraudulent activity.