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Issue:- 6 June 2013


NS&I is undertaking a nationwide search to help track down the winners of over 898,000 unclaimed Premium Bond prizes, worth over £44 million in total.

Premium Bond prizes may go unclaimed as a result of NS&I not being informed of changes to your personal circumstances, such as a change in contact details or if Premium Bonds were bought for you as a child and you have subsequently lost track of them. It is important therefore, to keep NS&I up to date if anything changes.

Over a third of the UK population have invested over £45 billion in Premium Bonds, and every eligible Bond is entered into the monthly prize draw. Investors forgo interest to have the chance to win tax-free prizes. Premium Bonds holders can reduce the chances of their prizes becoming unclaimed by managing their Premium Bonds online or opting to have any prizes paid directly into their bank accounts by BACS, with notification of the win by email. To sign up holders should their website.

In Merseyside, there are over 16,000 unclaimed Premium Bond prizes worth over £790,000. There is a woman from the region who is still due to receive £1,000 after failing to claim her prize in a previous draw. She has £5 invested in Premium Bonds and the prize was won in May 1987.

Top 5 highest unclaimed prizes in Merseyside
Winning Bond number Prize value Gender Present Premium Bond holding Month and year of draw
11LP267819 £1,000 Female £25 December 2001
119HS328363 £1,000 Female £29,998 November 2007
10KB427243 £1,000 Male £135 February 1993
10EL345547 £1,000 Female £40 February 2007
10EK635431 £1,000 Female £5 May 1987

There is no time limit for claiming prizes and each unclaimed prize is held until the rightful winner can be tracked down. The oldest unclaimed prize dates back to September 1963 where a female from the region has a prize to the sum of £25 waiting to be claimed.

Top 5 oldest unclaimed prizes in Merseyside
Winning Bond number Prize value Gender Present Premium Bond holding Month and year of draw
1AB870516 £25 Female £3 September 1963
3KK166540 £25 Male £10 July 1964
1AW457826 £25 Male £1 March 1965
LF418834 £25 Male £20 April 1965
1AP031312 £25 Female £2 August 1965

Jill Waters, NS&I's Operations Manager, said:- "It is likely that the winner of the £1,000 prize is unaware or she has forgotten that she has Premium Bonds – the lucky winner has just £5 invested. Prizes often become unclaimed as a result of people moving house, or forgetting that Bonds have been bought for them as a child, or executors are unaware the Bonds are held when someone dies.  By opting to manage your Premium Bonds online you could reduce the risk of missing out on prizes as they can be paid directly into your bank account."

Ways to check if you have a prize owing to you:-

Online at - The Premium Bonds prize checker is on the home page of the NS&I website  – customers simply need to enter their Premium Bond holder's number into the search facility.

In writing to NS&I - Alternatively people can write to NS&I, quoting their name and address, any former names and addresses, date of birth and, if known, their Premium Bond holder's number.  Send your information to:- Premium Bonds,  National Savings and Investments, Glasgow, G58 1SB

Benefiting from Advice

A roadshow to explain recent changes in the welfare benefits system will be held next week. The first Picton Welfare Benefits Road Show takes place on Tuesday 11 June (3.30pm tio 5pm) at Lawrence Community Primary School, Lawrence Road, Wavertree. Representatives from the main housing associations in the area including LMH, Riverside, LHT and Pierhead will be on hand to provide advice on how the changes affect tenants.

Other groups providing advice are:-

Liverpool Direct Limited,

Lodge Lane and District Credit Union 

Christians Against Poverty

Local Councillor Tim Beaumont, said:- "Many people are confused and worried about how issues such as the bedroom tax and other changes in the welfare system will affect them.  We want to give them as much advice and information as possible to help them understand the major changes which will affect their lives."

North West wins foreign investment jobs race

THE North West of England saw 5,572 new jobs created in due to overseas investors in 2012; beating out every other region of the UK. The new jobs were mainly generated in automobile manufacturing with many of the investments only possible because of UK membership of the European Union. London was once again the leading region for financial investment, but created fewer jobs despite the cash invested. North West Euro-MP Chris Davies welcomed the news; but warned that arguments over EU membership could jeopardise future investment and future jobs. Davies said:- "Liberal Democrats in Government are working to build a stronger economy and a fairer society. We need to rebalance the economy and pay less attention to financial services in London and more to manufacturing in the North. Our access to the European single market is absolutely crucial to attracting the overseas investment we need."

New music festival
line-up revealed

JLS, Soul II Soul, Neil Young, Little Mix, The Christians, Connie Lush, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and a whole host of other acts…it could only happen in Liverpool.

Liverpool will live up to its reputation as a leading music City when it plays host to diverse global acts as part of the brand new Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF).

It will see some of the biggest names in music descend from 18 August to 22 September.

It kicks off on 18 August as Neil Young & Crazy Horse perform at the Echo Arena.

It will then hit full volume during bank holiday weekend from 23 to 26 August, with performances across the City.

Sefton Park

On Friday, 23 August 2013, the internationally acclaimed Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and chief conductor Vasily Petrenko will perform.

On Saturday, 24 August 2013, the The Beatles Years will play host to acts covering music from 1962 to 1970. There will also be performances from up and coming artists from across the region.

On Sunday, 25 August 2013, a World Music focus will bring the sounds of jazz, reggae, folk, Latin and African to the park. Trinidadian Soca Megastar, Machel Montano will perform along with award winning British Indian singer Navin Kundra. There will again be music from the City's up and coming acts.

Monday, 26 August 2013, ends on a high as Family Pop sees legendary act Soul II Soul, who have sold 6.8 million albums, wow crowds.

Also on Monday, 26 August 2013, It's Liverpool Legends of Liverpool will see The Christians headline alongside Connie Lush and Deaf School.

Throughout the weekend there will be food stalls, a children's fairground and other family activities.

Pier Head

On Saturday, 24 August 2013, Turn Up the Radio will see some of the biggest names in music perform, including JLS, who are dropping in as part of their Farewell Tour along with Little Mix, Eliza Doolittle and Union J. 

2 stages will be in use on Sunday, 25 August 2013, with a Party at the Pier themed day with well known artists organised by Juice FM performing alongside the likes of The Hummingbirds and Chelcee Grimes. And acts paying homage to artists such as Queen, Adele, Robbie Williams and Coldplay will also perform

The Sefton Park events are free, but the stages at the Pier Head are ticketed. Tickets for ALL the acts on Saturday will cost £20 per person, plus booking fee. On Sunday, entrance to both of the stages will cost £5 per person.

Also part of LIMF will be:-

International Beatle Week from 21 August to 27 August 2013, organised by Cavern City Tours, with bands from over 20 countries and fans from over 40 countries including live gigs, exhibitions, memorabilia sales, guest speakers, video shows, sightseeing tours and a convention. Festival venues include the Cavern Club and Cavern Pub in Mathew Street, the Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool Cathedral and the Philharmonic Hall.

A fringe festival which will see more than 100 events taking place in pubs and clubs across the City.

► The 1st ever Summercamp festival hosted by Camp and Furnace which combines top acts such as Ghostpoet and Martha Wainwright, with world-class art and mouth-watering food. It takes place on 24 August and 25 August 2013.

► The 2nd ever Liverpool Music Awards which feature 16 awards and live performances and is a massive celebration of musical talent from, and inspired by, the City.

► 3 events by internationally acclaimed opera and concert singer Bryn Terfel. The first is a night of songs from musicals on 9 September, the second and third will take place on 20 and 22 September with a beautiful performance of Puccini's Tosca, with Vasily Petrenko as conductor. All these events take place in Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

► The LIMF Academy which will work with and inspire young people who are interested in getting into the music business.

More events are still being finalised with announcements to follow.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:- "Our aim for this event was to bring something fresh and new to the City, and at the same time keep the very best elements of the Mathew Street Music Festival. I firmly believe we have surpassed all expectations.  The diverse music on offer ranges from internationally renowned artists through to home grown talent and some of the best acts paying tribute to iconic acts from the last 20 years. And the fact that we have included not just our waterfront but also one of our beautiful green spaces makes this event really stand out.  There's been a real focus on working with partners in the City's music industry to make sure it showcases not only Liverpool's musical heritage, but also demonstrates that we're a forward looking City celebrating greatness. I am truly grateful to all of those in the industry who have supported our ambition for this event. They have helped us develop something truly unique. Working with many people from the commercial to voluntary sector, this is not a City Council or a single organisation delivering an event; it is a whole City's response."

Yaw Owusu has been given the task of curating the entire programme. He said:- "The response from artists and music industry insiders has been fantastic; everyone has been keen to get involved in this new-look festival, working together to make it a success. Liverpool is synonymous with music; particularly great live music and the LIMF programme will showcase the very best local and international acts have to offer which will be really inspirational for the thousands who take part in the event. There is a real energy around LIMF and I'm confident this will be an unforgettable programme and an unforgettable experience."

For full details of the line-ups to date and to buy tickets, visit:-  Tickets can also be purchased from the TicketQuarter box office in Queen Square.  For the latest news about Culture Liverpool, like Culture Liverpool on Facebook or follow Culturelpool on Twitter.

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