Half of Britons stay home for Hogmanay

It WASN'T just Cinderella who was at home as the clock struck midnight last night – nearly half of Britons planned to stay in their houses to celebrate Hogmanay, according to the latest NS&I savings survey.

Only 15 per cent of the population said they would spend money on going to clubs, bars or restaurants to see in the New Year.

Contrary to popular opinion, it was the younger generations who were most likely to be modest with their celebrations: 60 per cent of people aged 16-34 said they would go to a friend's house to celebrate, while 51 per cent of 25-34 year olds said they would stay at home this year.

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NS&I spokesman Tim Mack said: "While it is nice to celebrate and have a good time on New Year's Eve, it's especially important that you don't give yourself a financial hangover for the new year."