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Don’t you just love the feeling of finding £1 down the back of the sofa? What if you were sitting on a small fortune you didn’t even know you had? Go for a slap up meal? Take a weekend break or start saving for a rainy day? There is about £12 million lying around in forgotten bank and building society accounts in Northern Ireland. If some of it’s yours, the Consumer Council has launched a campaign to help you get it back.

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Pictured left to right on Northern Ireland’s most famous sofa are Ciara McDonald from the Consumer Council with UTV’s Pamela Ballentine and Frank Mitchell, launching the Consumer Council’s campaign to help consumers search for money in forgotten bank and building society accounts.

Julie Megrath, Head of Money Affairs at the Consumer Council said: “Banks and building societies across Northern Ireland have accounts that haven’t been touched for years.  Perhaps the account’s been forgotten about or the owner didn’t even know it existed because it was set up for them as a child. 

“Whatever the reason, it’s simple to check and get your money back. Contact the Consumer Council on 0845 601 6022 or go direct to[1]. You don’t even have to know where the account was held because you can check every bank and building society.  You can even check with National Savings & Investments. 

“Today’s the day to see if you’re sitting on a wee goldmine.  There’s money out there with consumers’ names on it.  We are encouraging consumers across Northern Ireland to seize this opportunity to get their money back.  It might take a bit of time andeffort but if you’re not in, you can’t win and we could all do with a surprise windfall.”

  1. Consumer Council media contact: Susie Brown, telephone, 028 9067 4807 or e-mail,  
  2. The Consumer Council is an independent consumer organisation, working to bring about change to benefit Northern Ireland’s consumers. The Council campaigns for high standards of service and protection and a fair deal for all. It also carries out research, gives advice and publishes reports and other publications. It deals with individual complaints about electricity, natural gas, coal, passenger transport and water.
  3. For more information, visit our website at

[1]A group of organisations are working together to co-ordinate the searches from consumers.  The British Bankers’ Association (BBA), the Building Societies Association (BSA) and National Savings and Investments (NS&I) have set up a free, easy website to help.  Just go to, click the yellow ‘start search’ button and follow the simple steps.