Emily Dugan

Emily Dugan is social affairs correspondent for The Independent, i and Independent on Sunday, covering Sarah Cassidy’s maternity leave. She was previously a news reporter for The Independent on Sunday. Her investigations into human trafficking have twice been awarded Best Investigative Article at the Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards and her human rights journalism was shortlisted for the Gaby Rado Memorial prize at the 2012 Amnesty Media Awards.

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Louise Duffin said she had ‘practically nothing’ left in her cupboards

Food bank visitors in Coventry: ‘Compassion has disappeared out of the welfare state’

People at the Trussell Trust's busiest outpost tell Emily Dugan of biting sanctions, rationing meals and living with an empty cupboard

Volunteers at the Hope Centre, Coventry, help visitors

The food poverty scandal that shames Britain: Nearly 1m people rely on handouts to eat – and benefit reforms may be to blame

600 religious leaders from all denominations combine to condemn 163 per cent increase in food bank use in past year

Third of rented homes ‘not up to standard’

A third of privately rented homes in England are in such a bad condition that they fail basic decency standards, according to research.

Shelter says many families are on a 'knife-edge'

Shrinking savings put millions at risk of repossession

Millions of families are in such a perilous financial state that they are just one pay cheque away from losing their home, research shows.

The Good Care Guide has seen the proportion of negative reviews surge by a third in a year

Exclusive: Complaints about elderly care up by a third in a year following budget cuts

Elderly care in the UK is getting worse, according to new figures showing a dramatic rise in the number of people reporting that the quality of help given to their relatives is unacceptable.

Report calls for 'fundamental change' in treatment of child asylum seekers who arrive in Britain alone

Allowing them to complete their education after they turn 18 would bring immigration law in line with legislation for British children leaving care

Swann has said she would still vote for UKIP

I can't campaign for Ukip any longer, says party's 'future face' Alexandra Swann over concerns with immigration stance

A woman who was heralded as the “future face” of Ukip says she can no longer face campaigning for the party because of their illiberal stance on immigration.

Unless the country builds smaller units of social housing, the bedroom tax will continue to punish people who are stuck in the ‘wrong’ sized property

The bedroom tax is ineffective as tenants have nowhere else to go

Unless the country builds smaller units of social housing the bedroom tax will continue to punish people who are stuck in the ‘wrong’ sized property

Carol O'Keefe near her home in Leeds, West Yorkshire

Exclusive: New chapter in 'bedroom tax' saga - now councils run out of emergency funds to help worst cases

Mass protests as thousands ‘driven into destitution’ by policy

Shah Bibi's children were sold secretly into marriage by her husband Ghafoor, who was addicted to heroin and hugely in debt

As Afghanistan prepares to go to the polls, what does the future hold for its women?

Today, Afghanistan will begin to elect a new President. Whoever wins, it’s likely that the Taliban’s influence will rise again, with a potentially disastrous effect on the country’s female population. Emily Dugan meets women from all walks of Afghan life to hear their stories, hopes and fears

Day In a Page

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'

British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

The four-minute clip by Honesty Policy has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube
Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

Church of England-raised Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
The concept album makes surprise top ten return with neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

The concept album makes surprise top ten return

Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
Lichen is the surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus, thanks to our love of Scandinavian and Indian cuisines

Lichen is surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus

Emily Jupp discovers how it can give a unique, smoky flavour to our cooking
10 best baking books

10 best baking books

Planning a spot of baking this bank holiday weekend? From old favourites to new releases, here’s ten cookbooks for you
Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Jury still out on Pellegrini

Draw with Sunderland raises questions over Manchester City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players
Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

The all-rounder has been hailed as future star after Ashes debut but incident in Caribbean added to doubts about discipline. Jon Culley meets a man looking to control his emotions
Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

The most prize money ever at an All-Weather race day is up for grabs at Lingfield on Friday, and the record-breaking trainer tells Jon Freeman how times have changed
Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit