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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Nicky Morgan said she was ‘delighted’ by the narrowing of the gender pay gap revealed by ONS

Gender pay gap falls - but men still earn 17.5% more

Average weekly earnings are £462 for women and £558 for men

The majority of food bank users surveyed were there as a last-resor

Welfare delays cause soaring numbers using food banks

Research shows delays and sanctions are causing problems

Two-thirds of working fathers use their paid annual leave to take time off after the birth of their children

Low paternity leave pay forces new fathers to take annual leave

Experts say the statutory rate for paternity leave is too low, at just £138.18 a week

Man who drove girlfriend's VW Polo onto Brands Hatch circuit during race is jailed for eight months

Video footage of the white vehicle making its way on to the track from a pit lane has been viewed millions of times online

Church of England leaders will attack the Government over its introduction of the bedroom tax

Church leaders launch attack on 'unjust' bedroom tax

Senior clergy described policy as 'unjust' and 'deeply unfair'

Two thirds of employed people say that the amount of work they are expected to do has grown over the past few years

Going to work is more stressful than ever, poll reveals

British workers find their jobs increasingly demanding and precarious

Right-to-buy: The history of a life-changing but controversial housing policy

Policy has proved devastating for the next generation needing social housing

Margaret Thatcher introduced the Right to Buy scheme in 1979

Great council house sell-off scandal: Right-to-buy council houses leave nowhere for poor to live

Councils who have been forced to sell properties to tenants on the cheap are then having to rent them back at extortionate rates to house those in need

Sir Michael Wilshaw was responding to criticisms made by the Local Government Association

Angry Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw hits back at local authorities

Chief schools inspector uses speech to criticise LGA

Councils to appoint 'best practice' social workers to oversee care

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announces new measure

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