City Council launches ‘It’s great to be up to date campaign’

Press Release: 08/08/2017

Ellie, The 'Its great to be up to date mascot'

Winchester City Council has launched ‘It’s great to be up to date’ - a campaign to remind residents receiving Housing Benefits and/or Council Tax Support to let the Council know as soon as they have a change in their circumstances.

Residents who do not contact the Council straight away following a change in circumstances risk losing out on benefits they may have been entitled to or being asked to repay overpayments.

The Council’s Benefits team and charity partner The Yellow Brick Road Project, were at Party in the Park on 29 July with their mascot Ellie the Elephant - talking to residents about the campaign, giving advice about benefits and reminding them to ‘Tell Ellie’ to report any changes of circumstances.

Cllr Guy Ashton, Winchester City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Finance commented

It was really good to see this campaign getting some attention at Party in the Park. ‘It’s great to be up to date’ is a really important message which will ensure that our residents get the right amount of benefits and support to help with their rent and Council Tax, which is particularly significant with the roll out of Universal Credit in Winchester from April 2018

If you would like to know more about the campaign, ask about Universal Credit or if you need to tell the team about a change in your circumstances - it is now even easier to get in touch with the Council using the online form at by telephoning 01962 848 539 or by emailing