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 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.

Alison Garnham, chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group has said that meeting the 'no frills' needs of families is becoming tougher

Childcare costs soar past the ability of minimum wage owners to afford them

The cost of bringing up children has soared in the last year, leaving families on the minimum wage 18 per cent short of the basic amount needed to live on.

Paul Whitehouse’s ‘nosey neighbour’ character is no longer typical of society

Love thy neighbour? We don’t even know them

More than half of people in UK admit clandestine antisocial behaviour

The only way is Essex: Towns such as Grays are warming to the Ukip message

The typical Ukip voter has little experience of immigration

Feelings of being 'forgotten' hurt more than the realities of immigration, researchers find
For women on low pay, maternity discrimination is a significant issue

New mothers facing 'maternity discrimination' on their return to the workplace

Women in low-paid jobs facing not only demotion, but a lack of promotion opportunities
Until recently, Scarlett Johansson was an Oxfam ambassador, but the actress quit amid a row over her endorsement of SodaStream, which has a factory in the West Bank

The good causes of the famous ‘benefit themselves more than the charities’

Research says star names do little to raise public awareness of campaigns

Louise Walker, pictured last year, preparing to move out of a one room B&B temporary accommodation

Housing shortage leaves homeless families ‘stuck’ in hostels for two years

Thousands of homeless families have been stuck in emergency accommodation for at least two years, The Independent can reveal. A chronic shortage of affordable homes in the capital is making it impossible for thousands of families to find a permanent residence so they can leave hostels or bed and breakfasts.

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In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

As a film following six patients receiving the controversial treatment is released, Kate Hilpern uncovers a very slippery issue
The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

The Interview movie review

You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here
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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
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Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

Kevin Lee Light, aka "Jesus", is the newest client of creative agency Mother while rival agency Anomaly has launched Sexy Jesus, depicting the Messiah in a series of Athena-style poses
Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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The most important scientific breakthroughs of 2014
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Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Fitness technology: 5 best activity trackers

Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

Paul Scholes column

It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves
Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas