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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The number of people coming to Citizens Advice for help with debt created by overpaid tax credit has soared by 14 per cent in the last year

More families fall into debt with HMRC after tax credit overpayment soars

More families are in debt to HMRC through no fault of their own, according to Government data, which shows the proportion of tax credits that were overpaid soared last year.

Bob Farrell, 46, and his partner Claudia Vale, 42, live in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, with their children, Jake, 11, and Billy-Joe, five.

Pursuit of tax credit overpayments turns nasty as debt collectors hound the poorest

Exclusive : Campaigners say families living below the breadline are being harassed by phone and text message for money they do not have

More than five million over-65s have never used the internet

Government should offer elderly lessons in the internet to encourage them to 'discover life online'

Four out of 10 over-65s do not use the internet. The state should offer lessons, report says

24,000 of the UK’s 68,000 boarding school pupils are foreign

Boarding schools struggle to deal with race 'ghettoes' with foreign children now forming a third of boarders

Offspring of the super-rich sometimes refuse to do their own housework and expect hotel service from boarding staff.

Record number of families remortgage homes

The number of households remortgaging properties has risen to the highest level since before the recession, according to figures.

Parents tackle Michael Gove over term time holiday crackdown

Families wanting to take their children on holiday during term time are mounting a legal challenge against Michael Gove’s crackdown on the practice.

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

Council tax tops credit cards for pushing Britons into the red

Welfare changes blamed as figures from Citizens Advice show rise in those seeking debt advice

Cherie Booth has said that quotas should be introduced in Britain to make sure average women succeed in the workplace as often as mediocre men

Cherie Booth at Hay Festival: Introduce quotas to promote women in business

Quotas should be introduced in Britain to make sure average women succeed in the workplace as often as mediocre men, Cherie Booth QC said this weekend.

Michael Gove has already made courses in core subjects such as Maths and English much tougher. Now the exam regulator Ofqual is drawing up new rigorous guidelines which are expected to jettison ‘easier’ GCSEs, such as Media Studies and Leisure and Tourism, altogether

'Soft GCSEs' could face the axe from exam watchdog Ofqual

So-called soft GCSEs such as Media Studies and Leisure and Tourism could face the axe under a fresh overhaul by the exam watchdog Ofqual.

Five-month-old baby to be put up for adoption because father gets angry with social workers

A five-month-old baby who has still not been given a name will be put up for adoption because of his father’s hostility to social workers, a High Court judge has ruled.

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