Rutland County Council is calling on residents to help tackle fraud following the introduction of a new anti-fraud app for smartphones.
Rutland is one of the first local authorities in the country to adopt the App, which has been developed with funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government.
Residents can use the technology to report any instance where they suspect fraud is being committed, whether in relation to benefits, payments, insurance or employment. It is free to download, easy to use and completely confidential.
The app, which is available for Apple and Android handsets, will also inform users about fraud-related news and can even alert residents to scams in the local area.
Portfolio holder for development at Rutland County Council Councillor Terry King (Con) said: “The council is committed to stamping out all types of fraud in order to safeguard residents and protect public funds.
“The new app is a good example of where we are adopting a fresh approach to deliver improved services and forms an important part of our existing counter fraud strategy. The technology is quick, easy to use and simplifies the reporting process, making it easier than ever for people to help us with our investigations.”
In 2014/15 a total of 38 cases of benefit-related fraud were investigated in Rutland with two prosecutions and two cautions. Three penalty fines were also issued.
The council’s new app is called ‘Rutland Fraud Reporter’ and is available to download now. You can also report fraud by calling the council on 01572 758 165 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.