Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

'Up to 700' Given Lie Detector Tests in Cornwall

phone
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

2:19pm 5th September 2013
(Updated 2:19pm 5th September 2013)

Pirate FM has learnt lie detector tests have been used up to seven hundred times in Cornwall.

It was part of a project to check people were not claiming council tax discounts they should not have had.

News of the phone tests only came out because of a whistle blower under the previous administration at County Hall.

At the time the council said there was a difference between keeping something secret - and just not telling us something.

Private company Capita was brought in to run the screening process, which involved voice stress recognition tests in some cases.

Overall the review has saved £1.2m - but the council says it is impossible to tell how big a part the lie detector tests played in that.

Now Alex Folkes, Cornwall's Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, says he will not bring forward fresh proposals to use the technology and would vote against such a scheme.

He told Pirate FM: "It's right we should always as Cornwall Council be trying to make sure that nobody is claiming a discount or a benefit to which they are not entitled. But I think in doing that perfectly proper work there are lines that we, morally and philosophically, should not be crossing."

Neuroscientist at King's College London James Horder said: "This technology measures - or tries to measure - stress in people's voices.

"The idea is that, if they're lying, they'll be more stressed.

"But the problem is that, if they're being asked questions about their benefits they'll be stressed anyway.

"Even if they're telling the truth it's a stressful conversation to have."

2:19pm 5th September 2013

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
capuchin newquay zoo 5

PHOTOS: Meet the baby monkey born in Cornwall

Little Benito is only seven weeks old...

brantano truro

Job fears in Cornwall as major shoe store goes bust

Brantano has branches nationwide, including Truro

Most read
golitha falls

UPDATE: Man found dead in Cornish woodland

Police not treating the death as suspicious

penzance incident

Man arrested after armed police operation

Penzance officers think a reported gun was fake

Top articles

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

Westminster attacker told friend of desire to kill people

National News: The terrorist behind the Westminster attack sought professional help for anger issues and told friends he dreamed of killing someone, according to reports.

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

Cornwall News: Police say death at Watergate Bay 'isn't suspicious'

Twin Peaks: The 'damn good' revival TV needs

Showbiz News: The cast is older, David Lynch is less edgy and Laura Palmer is still dead, but we need Twin Peaks now more than ever.

President Trump admits defeat on healthcare bill: 'Damaging loss of face'

World News: Whether you see Donald Trump's failed attempt to repeal Obamacare as an embarrassing defeat or a bold step to strengthen his grip on power depends on your faith in the President's political acumen.

Sizing John, ridden by Robbie Power, wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Sports News: Sizing John, ridden by Robbie Power, has won the Cheltenham Gold Cup ahead of Minella Rocco and Native River.

Newer article

New App Tells Surfers How Safe Cornwall's Beaches Are

Cornwall News: Surfers Against Sewage launches mobile app that warns when sewage is being pumped into the sea

Older article

Land's End Runway Will Mean Temporary Closure

Cornwall News: Flights will be suspended in November to put in hard runway

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate Extra Footer LogoEscape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.