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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Should we allow people to choose when they die?

Assisted Dying Bill supporters and opponents gather outside House of Lords as legislation debate gets underway

'We want life, they want death,' shouted the ‘no’ camp, dressed in white. 'Bigots,' screamed back a man in the pink-clad ‘yes’ camp

LGBT activists and supporters stage a demonstration outside Downing Street

David Cameron urged to use the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to speak out against member states’ treatment of gay people

Gay rights activists led a protest outside 10 Downing Street this evening calling for a public statement

A mother holds the hand of her sleeping newborn son

'Uncertainty about employment' may have influenced the increased age of parenthood in Britain, research suggests

 The nation has also come a long way from the cliché of 2.4 children

The Ministry of Justice building in Westminster, London

Cuts to legal aid force parents to defend themselves in family court cases

Exclusive: More than half went into court without a lawyer fighting their side

Among British women in relationships, 70 per cent say they are mostly responsible for cooking and food shopping

Majority of British women are still responsible for cooking and food shopping, research finds

Although two thirds of women in the UK are now in employment, 72 per cent say they do most of the household cleaning

The clubhouse at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, and St Andrews principal and vice-chancellor Professor Louise Richardson

St Andrews principal excluded from Royal and Ancient golf club because of her sex speaks out over members' taunts

Now even the golf establishment is turning against its anachronistic men-only admissions policy

Landlords are capitalising on rising house prices

Tenants face eviction as landlords capitalise on rising house prices

Soaring numbers of people in private rented homes face eviction despite being up to date with their rent because rising house prices are prompting landlords to ask tenants to leave.

Sir Michael Wilshaw hit out at local authorities for failing to keep tabs on poorly performing schools

Ofsted chief slams local councils for not reporting failing schools

The chief inspector has told MPs that he believes local authorities still have a role in holding schools to account

Sri Lankan asylum seekers that were sent back by Australia this week. Britain needs to do a better job at identifying the most vulnerable cases, says Justice Ouseley

Immigration: Serious failings within Government system carry 'high risk of unfairness' for asylum seekers, says High Court judge

Inadequate checks mean that the most vulnerable asylum seekers, such as victims of torture, are not being identified

Eighty-six per cent of parent carers said they paid above-average childcare costs

Parents of disabled children facing 'childcare crisis'

Meanwhile 2m grandparents have given up work, reduced hours or taken time off to look after grandchildren

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