Emily Dugan

Emily Dugan is Social Affairs Editor 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. Emily is on sabbatical until March 2015

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General Election 2015: Parties pledge to tackle housing crisis

In first of a regular series looking at the key election issues, we take a look at the various housing policies

New figures suggest a shifting culture in Britain away from home ownership, as soaring prices push people out of the market

Young people increasingly giving up on ever owning their own home

The proportion of those in their 20s and 30s saving for a deposit is tumbling

The number of people struggling with their council tax payments has 'rocketed' following the introduction of the Government’s welfare reforms, figures from Citizens Advice show

Half a million more people summoned to court over unpaid council tax, after benefits scrapped

Exclusive: Almost three million people taken to court by local authorities in wake of changes to support

Aderonke Apata, 47, has won awards for gay rights activism and is engaged to her long-term partner Happiness Agboro

Nigerian gay rights activist has her High Court asylum bid rejected - because judge doesn't believe she is lesbian

Aderonke Apata was so desperate to convince the Government she was gay that she submitted a private DVD and photographs of her sex life as evidence

Alan Woodall’s mother died a month after falling into a coma

Needless overuse of NHS services led to my mother's death, claims GP

‘Decline in community help left doctors too busy to see her’

The Tories are aiming to meet George Osborne’s commitment to save £12bn from the welfare budget by 2017-18

Generous welfare systems actually make people more keen to work, Europe-wide study finds

The research released by the British Sociological Association comes as all major parties indicate they want to reduce spending on benefits

Kinship carers are guardians other than children's parents who are relatives or family friends

Kinship carers: Overwhelming public backing for improved rights and support for those who take full-time custody of their grandchildren or siblings

Most only get help set at a discretionary rate by their local authority, while some are eligible for nothing

Kate Hamilton-Harris (right), with her wife, Denise, and their son Darwin

Supportive families help children to flourish ‘no matter what their structure’

Non-traditional family structures do not harm children, study says

Full-time employment fell by 10 percentage points for men and eight points for women aged 20-24 between 2008 and 2013

Young people were hit worst by the great recession

Full-time employment for men aged 20-24 fell 10% since 2008

47 per cent of lone mothers and fathers have to borrow money from friends

Half of single parents forced to borrow money to pay for childcare, claims report

47 per cent already have to borrow money from friends, family or banks

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