Andrew Grice

Andrew Grice has been Political Editor of The Independent since 1998. He was previously Political Editor of The Sunday Times, where he worked for 10 years, and he has been a Westminster-based journalist since 1982. His column, Inside Politics, appears in The Independent each Saturday.

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The £750m-a-year “tax-free childcare” scheme will start in the autumn of 2015 and cover all children under 12 within a year

Budget 2014: Chancellor George Osborne to woo family vote with a £2,000 childcare sweetener

The Government will help 1.9 million families with childcare costs by providing up to £2,000 per child each year, George Osborne will announce in the Budget tomorrow.

Nigel Farage masks worn at the spring conference

We’re too complacent about Ukip threat, warns senior Labour MP John Healey

A senior Labour MP has warned that the party is being too complacent about the threat to its electoral prospects from the UK Independence Party.

George Osborne says that an independent Scotland could not join a formal currency union

Inside Westminster: Who will be the next Tory leader? This sideshow threatens to upstage the main event

George Osborne should stick to the job and ignore the swirling party politics

Chancellor George Osborne will reject tax cuts for middle classes in his Budget

Poor middle classes: Osborne to reject calls for tax cuts in Budget

George Osborne will reject growing demands by Conservative MPs for significant tax cuts for the middle classes in his Budget next Wednesday.

Nigel Farage masks worn at the spring conference

The rise of Ukip: Study warns Labour that Eurosceptic party's electoral base now 'more working class than any of the main parties'

According to academics, Ukip supporters are 'dissatisfied with the Labour Party and Ed Miliband's leadership of it'

A Labour government would scrap tax breaks for married couple

A Labour Government would scrap 'perverse and unfair' tax break for married couples, says Ed Balls

The shadow Chancellor said his party would instead deliver tax cuts to help all middle and lower income families struggling with the cost of living crisis

Employers who can afford to pay more than the minimum wage should do so, suggests report

Employers who can afford to pay more than the national minimum wage would come under pressure to do so under a plan to lift one million people out of “poverty pay” published on Thursday.

A future Labour government is unlikely to hold a referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union this decade, party leader Ed Miliband pledged on Wednesday

Business leaders come out in support of Labour's new Europe policy

Business leaders have given broad support to Ed Miliband’s new policy on Europe after he announced that a Labour Government was “unlikely” to hold an in/out referendum in the 2015-20 parliament.

Labour leader Ed Miliband does not want to put Britain's EU membership at risk

No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power

In a landmark speech, Mr Miliband will declare that a Labour government’s top priorities would include the cost-of-living crisis and the NHS

George Osborne has been criticised for raising the personal tax allowance to £10,000 a year from next month

George Osborne’s tax cuts penalise single-earner families with a stay-at-home parent, claims bishop

A Church of England bishop has accused the Government of penalising stay-at-home mothers and carers by discriminating against families in the tax and benefits system.

Day In a Page

Homelessness: Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Why is the supported lodgings lifeline under threat?

Zubairi Sentongo swapped poverty in Uganda for homelessness in Britain. But a YMCA scheme connected him with a couple offering warmth and shelter
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

When the world’s biggest shed took over Regent’s Park
The pain of IVF

The pain of IVF

As an Italian woman vows to keep the babies from someone else’s eggs, Julian Baggini ponders how the reality of childbirth is often messier than the natural ideal
Supersize art

Is big better? Britain's latest super-sized art

The Kelpies are the latest addition to a growing army of giant sculptures. But naysayers are asking what a pair of gigantic horse heads tells us about Falkirk?
James Dean: Back on the big screen

James Dean: Back on the big screen

As 'Rebel without a Cause' is re-released, Geoffrey Macnab reveals how its star perfected his moody act
Catch-22: How the cult classic was adapted for the stage

How a cult classic was adapted for the stage

More than half a century after it was published 'Catch-22' will make its British stage debut next week
10 best activity books for children

10 best activity books for children

Keep little ones busy this bank holiday with one of these creative, educational and fun books
Arsenal 3 West Ham United 1: Five things we learnt from the battle between the London sides

Five things we learnt from Arsenal's win over West Ham

Arsenal still in driving seat for Champions League spot and Carroll can make late charge into England’s World Cup squad
Copa del Rey final: Barcelona are paying for their complacency and not even victory over Real Madrid will put things right

Pete Jenson on the Copa del Rey final

Barcelona are paying for their complacency and not even victory over Real Madrid will put things right
Rafa to reign? Ten issues clay courts will serve up this season

Rafa to reign? Ten issues clay courts will serve up this season

With the tennis circus now rolling on to the slowest surface, Paul Newman highlights who'll be making the headlines – and why
Exclusive: NHS faces financial disaster in 2015 as politicians urged to find radical solution

NHS faces financial disaster in 2015

Politicians urged to find radical solution
Ukraine crisis: How spontaneous are the pro-Russian protests breaking out in Ukraine’s east?

Ukraine crisis

How spontaneous are the pro-Russian protests breaking out in Ukraine’s east?
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: The first execution at the Tower of London for 167 years

The first execution at the Tower of London for 167 years

A history of the First World War in 100 moments
Fires could turn Amazon rainforest into a desert as human activity and climate change threaten ‘lungs of the world’, says study

New threat to the Amazon rainforest:

Fires that scorch the ‘lungs of the Earth’
Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City: And the winner of this season’s Premier League title will be...

Who’s in box seat now? The winner of the title will be ...

Who is in best shape to take the Premier League prize?