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Smartphone app encourages residents to join fraud fight

Residents are now able to help tackle fraud by reporting suspected cases through a new North West Leicestershire District Council (NWLDC) app.

The North West Leicestershire Fraud Reporter App can be used to report in absolute confidence in any instance where residents suspect fraud is being committed in relation to council tax, business rates, corruption, tenancy, payments, insurance, employment, grants or any other suspicion.

All reports will be investigated by the council who will bring in other agencies, such as the police, where appropriate.

England’s Counter Fraud and Corruption Strategy estimated that last year alone local government across the UK lost at least £2.1 billion to fraud.

Councillor Nick Rushton, Portfolio Holder for Corporate Services at NWLDC, said: “This new app is an innovative way that allows the council to work with residents to reduce fraud in the district.

“Anyone committing fraud is essentially stealing money that would otherwise be spent on other council services for people that need them.

“It would be great to see residents downloading the app and reporting their concerns so that we can take action, saving the taxpayer money and bringing fraudsters to justice.”

The app is free to download, designed to be easy to use and is available for both Apple and Android devices. Simply search for North West Leicestershire Fraud Reporter.

Housing Benefit Fraud should still be reported directly to the Department for Work and Pensions on 0800 854 440.

Suspected fraud can also still be reported by email to internal.audit@nwleicestershire.gov.uk

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