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Empty spaces in Banchory's Bellfield car park on a recent Saturday afternoon

Business fears over parking fees

A Banchory business leader has described the impact of new charges in Aberdeenshire’s pay and display car parks as “another nail in the coffin” for traders.

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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