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The Facts

Ahead of tonight's final #LeadersDebate on BBC Scotland at 8pm, here are the facts of the Scottish Parliament election.

Keeping communities safe

New figures show that crime in England and Wales has fallen by 32% since 2010, to its lowest level ever.By continuing to cut crime, Conservatives have shown that they can keep communities safer and more secure whilst at the same time taking the difficult decisions to make Britain fit for the futu

Make your (postal) vote count

Voters across the country will soon choose their local representatives for the next four years.

Ensuring dignity and security in retirement

Today, the Basic State Pension increases to £119.30 a week, the biggest real-terms rise in 15 years.Because of our triple lock, we have ensured that the state pension rises every year in line with wages, prices or by 2.5% – whichever is highest.So the full basic state pension is now £1,125 a year

A New National Living Wage

Today, 1.3 million of the lowest paid working people in Britain, aged 25 or over, will get a direct pay rise.The new National Living Wage will start at £7.20 an hour, and is expected to rise to £9 an hour by 2020.

Budget 2016: Cutting taxes for 31 million people

Budget 2016 puts the next generation first and redoubles our efforts to make Britain fit for the future.We are cutting taxes for working people so they can keep more of the money they earn.

Budget 2016: Lifetime ISAs

Budget 2016 puts the next generation first and redoubles our efforts to make Britain fit for the future.We are introducing a new Lifetime ISA to help the next generation to save.

Budget 2016: Freezing fuel duty

Budget 2016 puts the next generation first and redoubles our efforts to make Britain fit for the future.We are freezing fuel duty to help household budgets and support small firms.

Budget 2016: Improving our schools

Budget 2016 puts the next generation first and redoubles our efforts to make Britain fit for the future.By providing extra money so every school in England becomes an academy, we are improving our schools so our children get the best start in life. We are also doubling sports funding in primary