Credit Screening

The use of credit scoring prior to authorizing access or granting credit is commonplace. A credit score is a means of identifying the credit worthiness of an individual. Lenders, such as banks and credit card companies, use credit scores to evaluate the potential risk posed by lending money to consumers and to mitigate losses due to bad debt. They use credit scores to determine who qualifies for a loan, at what interest rate and what credit limits. Lenders also use credit scores to determine which customers are likely to bring in the most revenue.  Credit scoring is not limited to banks. Organizations, such as retailers, mobile phone companies, insurance companies, landlords, and government departments also use credit scoring

The following public databases

  • 2011 Census
  • Bank Lending for Mortgages and Loans
  • Land Registry Property Price
  • Register of Social Housing
  • County Court Judgements
  • Council Tax

have been used in combination to derive the average financial risk in a postcode.  This can then be used to provide a very effective and simple credit screening check. 

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