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Scotland's papers: Surge in lonely Scots

About 60,000 people over the age of 65 in Scotland will spend Christmas day alone, according to The Scotsman.

The story also features on the front of the Scottish Daily Express, which reports Age Scotland figures showing a 50% increase in the number who spent 25 December on their own in 2015.

Meanwhile, The Herald quotes from a new report that has found better-off elderly people in Scotland are "propping up" the ailing care home sector by paying thousands of pounds a year more in fees than council-funded residents.

Families in Fife are facing Christmas in poverty days ahead of the roll out of Universal Credit, reports The Courier. The paper says the six-week delay in receiving a first payment of the benefit has been condemned by local councillors.

In other news, The Times says the far-right group Britain First boasted of an increase in support after US President Trump shared anti-Muslim videos that it had posted online.

The i newspaper also focuses on the US president, claiming the "special relationship" between the UK and the US is in tatters after an "extraordinary public fall-out" between Theresa May and Donald Trump.

The Daily Record goes a step further, calling for Donald Trump's planned visit to the UK to be cancelled. The paper writes that the president's latest attack on Britain's twin virtues of respect and racial tolerance leaves Theresa May with no alternative but to rescind his state visit invitation.

The National claims that Nicola Sturgeon is preparing to publish a major new document setting out detailed proposals on how Scotland can remain in the European single market post Brexit.

The issues affecting the Queensferry Crossing continue to feature in the Daily Telegraph, which says that motorist have been misled over what it calls the bridge "chaos."

The Scottish Daily Mail says the BBC has come under fire after admitting a flagship new Scottish channel is to fill half its schedule with repeats. It follows an announcement earlier in the year that the corporation is to launch a new digital channel north of the border.

And the Scottish Sun is accusing "crisis-hit" Police Scotland of wasting time after it emerged the force had made a "cringeworthy" Christmas video starring two officers in Christmas jumpers and Santa hats.

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