COUNCIL chiefs are calling on residents to help them z-app fraud.
Stratford District Council is among a growing number of authorities to introduce a new smartphone app, which is designed to tackle the problem.
Residents can use the Stratford-upon-Avon Fraud Reporter to confidentially report any suspected instances of fraud in relation to council tax, business rates, corruption, payments, insurance, employment, grants or any other suspicions they may have.
The app, which will be free to download and is available on both Apple and Android devices, has been developed with funding from the Department of Communities and Local Government.
Council chiefs say it will allow people to report concerns faster than ever before.
Enterprise spokesman, Coun Dave Riches, said: “We are 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 the district council adopting new technology to improve services and helping people report fraud on the move brings the power straight into their hands.
“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.”
Fraud can still be reported by calling 01789 260486 while housing benefit fraud can be reported to the Department of Work and Pensions directly on 0800 854 440.
Visit the App Store, Google Play or www.stratford.gov.uk to download the app.