Emily Dugan

Emily Dugan is social affairs correspondent for The Independent, i and Independent on Sunday. 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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nder the Labour government, households were allowed to earn an extra £25,000 before they had to pay money back. But in 2010 this buffer was gradually reduced to £5,000 by the coalition, meaning thousands of families are being chased for overpayment debts

Exclusive: We know tax credits were overpaid. Now it's revealed the figure is £5.6bn

Money is clawed back from Britain's poor under new powers, even though cash was paid out after tax office miscalculations
Christina Fonthes ‘was detained by her own family’

British woman ‘held captive in Congo to cure her of being gay’

A British woman has been held captive in the Democratic Republic of Congo because her family wanted to “cure her of her gayness”, her friends allege.

Research by the TUC shows that working families will be the worst hit by the latest welfare reforms

Working families hit twice as hard by Coalition cuts as jobseekers

TUC research will be damaging to David Cameron

The fallout from Right to Buy over the past 30 years means there is a now a chronic shortage in local authority housing

Social housing in crisis as too many homes are sold under Right to Buy

Councils struggling to cover social housing needs

Harley Miller, Australian immigrant and NHS children’s therapist, has lived in Britain for nine years

Lauded therapist Harley Miller still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

The specialist children’s counsellor finds herself stuck in a seemingly unending struggle to remain in the UK the Australian is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law

A mother holds the hand of her sleeping newborn son

Most popular baby names: The top 20 boys and girls names in England and Wales

Oliver is top – but different spellings of Muhammad makes it the most common

The chances of getting a rape case prosecuted are now at the lowest rate since 2007

Exclusive: Chances of getting a rape case to prosecution at lowest levels since records began

The proportion of rape cases referred by police for prosecution is at its lowest level since records began, Parliamentary research has revealed.

Gary Medlock at Citizens Advice in Warrington, which helped him after his benefits were stopped

Sanctions against those on sickness benefit up 350 per cent in Government crackdown

Soaring numbers of sick or disabled people are being punished by having their benefits taken away in a Government crackdown that experts say is pushing the most vulnerable in society to destitution.

A campaigner at a bedroom tax vigil holds up a placard which reads 'We remember Stephanie Bottrill,' outside the High Court last year

Stephanie Bottrill, who blamed the bedroom tax for her suicide, had history of depression, inquest hears

A woman who left suicide notes to her family blaming the bedroom tax for making her want to end her life was under “considerable anxiety and stress”, an inquest has found.

One in 10 British people do not have a single close friend

Lonely Britain: 10% of population does not have a close friend

Social isolation is rife in Britain, according to new research showing that one in 10 people do not have a single close friend.

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She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

Alice Roberts talks about her new book on evolution - and why her early TV work drew flak from (mostly male) colleagues
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Get well soon, Joan Rivers

She is awful. But she's also wonderful, not in spite of but because of the fact she's forever saying appalling things, argues Ellen E Jones
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A fresh take on an old foe

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Fashion walks away from the celebrity runway show

As the collections start, fashion editor Alexander Fury finds video and the internet are proving more attractive
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Meet the stars of TV's Wolf Hall...

... and it's not the cast of the Tudor trilogy
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Europe's biggest steampunk convention

Jake Wallis Simons discovers how Victorian ray guns and the martial art of biscuit dunking are precisely what the 21st century needs
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Don't swallow the tripe – a user's guide to weasel words

Lying is dangerous and unnecessary. A new book explains the strategies needed to avoid it. John Rentoul on the art of 'uncommunication'
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Daddy, who was Richard Attenborough?

The atomisation of culture means that few of those we regard as stars are universally loved any more, says DJ Taylor
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Kacey Musgraves: Nashville's hottest new star

The singer has two Grammys for her first album under her belt and her celebrity fans include Willie Nelson, Ryan Adams and Katy Perry
American soldier-poet Brian Turner reveals the enduring turmoil that inspired his memoir

Soldier-poet Brian Turner on his new memoir

James Kidd meets the prize-winning writer, whose new memoir takes him back to the bloody battles he fought in Iraq
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Villa were not surprised that Vlaar was a World Cup star

Andi Weimann reveals just how good his Dutch teammate really is
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Bill Granger's simple Italian salads

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The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

The Last Word: Tumbleweed through deserted stands and suites at Wembley

If supporters begin to close bank accounts, switch broadband suppliers or shun satellite sales, their voices will be heard. It’s time for revolution