UK government Spotlight fund application assessments

Spotlight is a software tool developed by the UK Cabinet Office to help government departments and local authorities conduct due diligence on organisations applying for public funds, and to identify those that may require further investigation.

Spotlight draws on a variety of data sources to sort applicants into a red, amber or green category based on it's assessment of the risk they present.

According to the UK government, 'Spotlight speeds up initial pre-award checks by processing thousands of applications in minutes replacing manual analysis that, typically, can take at least two hours per application.'

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Operator: Arts Council England (ACE); UK Cabinet Office
Developer: UK Cabinet Office

Country: UK

Sector: Govt - culture; Govt - employment

Purpose: Assess public funds applications

Technology: Automated risk assessment
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Bias/discrimination - political

Transparency: Governance

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Spotlight has been criticised for poor effectiveness, transparency and accountability. 

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Type: System
Published: February 2023