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Why the public sector must spring clean their databases

By Barley Laing, the UK Managing Director at Melissa

With little attempt to increase public sector budgets in the Spring Budget, apart from for the NHS, most public bodies are continuing to face significant cuts to their spending power in real terms over the coming years. This is backed up by figures from the

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How to know your citizens (KYC) and prevent fraud

Autumn 2023 Cover story – by Barley Laing, UK Managing Director at Melissa

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The public sector has long been considered a soft target by fraudsters. This is backed up by data from the Cabinet Office which highlights that fraud and error in public spending are estimated to cost taxpayers up to £51.8

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Deliver a single citizen view (SCV) to ensure under pressure budgets are efficiently spent By Barley Laing, the UK Managing Director at Melissa

Barley Laing, UK Managing Director at Melissa

With precious budgets under significant pressure due to high inflation and belt-tightening post-pandemic, it has never been more important to ensure funds are efficiently spent.

One important way is to gain insight, a single citizen view (SCV), of those on your database. This will facilitate the

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How new technology is resolving the costly data quality issues afflicting the public sector

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By Barley Laing, the UK Managing Director at Melissa

Evolving technology is driving efficiencies in processes and reducing costs across most sectors. The significant impact of this trend is quite apparent in the public sector, where budgets have fallen dramatically, or are being scrutinised. Whatever the reason – continued government borrowing,

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Why effective ID verification in the public sector starts with data quality

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By Barley Laing, the UK Managing Director at Melissa

As public sector services become increasingly accessible online due to the pandemic and improving technology, there has been a corresponding growth in fraud. According to the Cabinet Office fraud and error in public spending are estimated to cost the taxpayer up to

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How to comply with new sanctions prompted by the conflict in Ukraine By Barley Laing, the UK Managing Director at Melissa

Barley Laing – UK Managing Director at Melissa

The invasion of Ukraine has resulted in a large number of new sanctions by many countries against leading politicians, businesspeople, and entities in both Russia and Belarus.

The UK has been one of a number of states leading the way in imposing sanctions, and as

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Why it’s time for the public sector to verify identity remotely

By Barley Laing, the UK Managing Director at Melissa

The pandemic, along with improving technology driving digitalisation, has seen the public sector place many of their services online.

Unfortunately, fraud has always been a big issue in the public sector – something that’s been exacerbated by services quickly going online during the health crisis. The

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The Pandora Papers highlight the importance of watchlists as part of KYC and AML efforts By Barley Laing, the UK Managing Director at Melissa

Barley Laing, UK Managing Director at Melissa

The Pandora Papers have focused attention on the sometimes questionable and corrupt practises of the politically connected and super wealthy.

They highlight how important it is for the public sector to have access to international sanctions lists or watchlists from governments and regulators of persons who

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