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Poppy Scotland's Chief Executive Mark Bibbey (Photo: Mark Owens / HQ Scotland)

Appeal of the poppy is as important now as it ever was

When I travel across the country, it is fascinating to meet the poppy-wearing public and to hear why they choose to wear the iconic symbol of remembrance. For many, the poppy represents their sense of pride in a friend or family member – past or present – that has served our country. For others with no tangible military connection, they are just proud of our Armed Forces and the sacrifices the men and women therein continue to make to this day.

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The Winter Fuel Payment was introduced in 1997 aimed at tackling fuel poverty among pensioners.

Winter Fuel Payments on the decrease

Despite the colder weather, according to the latest data issued by the Government, the number of Winter Fuel Payment recipients has been decreasing slowly over the past eight years.

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