- A private firm inked deals with local authorities to gather data that can be used to predict who is likely to break lockdown, creating risk analyses for households
- The system, called Covid OneView, is produced by data analytics firm Xantura
- Councils said the aim is to help identify those most at risk from coronavirus
- MPs have said the system lacks transparency and its not clear why so much information about residents’ lives was needed
- Covid OneView can gather included notes on:
- Unfaithful and unsafe sex, emotional health and wellbeing, sleep issues and dangerous pets
- Anger management issues and socially unacceptable behaviour
- Financial details, including debt, low income and tax arrears
- School attendance, low school commitment and free school meals
Care home chiefs fear deadly mistakes made at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic risk being repeated as councils offer them extra cash to take Covid-positive hospital patients.
…Now, despite a Government pledge to place a ‘protective ring’ around vulnerable residents, care homes in Cumbria are being offered £1,500 – double the local weekly fee – to take Covid-positive patients from hospital.
…Tony Carling, a care home operator in Cumbria, has decided not to take Covid-positive patients, but fears it could be a costly move. He said: ‘The majority of our clients are funded by local authorities, so it’s very difficult to turn down. You are under extreme financial pressure as to whether you get further business from that authority if you don’t support their needs.’