Emily Dugan

Emily Dugan is Social Affais 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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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.

The number of cases involving vulnerable children is increasing

Social worker vacancies soar – and so do workloads

Increasing demand and squeezed budgets mean that graduates are being employed at the deep end
Hunt is hoping to break down barriers between gay people and the church

New Stonewall chief Ruth Hunt: Teach preschool children to celebrate being gay

Preschool children should be taught about gay relationships to combat future homophobia in society, the new chief executive of Stonewall has told The Independent.

Ruth Hunt, the new chief executive of Stonewall, at the Southbank Centre in London last week

Ruth Hunt interview: 'People say it's fine now – it's not. We still edit ourselves'

Stonewall’s new chief executive says most of the major legislative battles for LGBT rights have been won, but homophobia is still widespread

More people are killed by asbestos than road traffic accidents, with around 2,500 people dying every year

Secret deal meant mesothelioma compensation scheme favoured insurers

A Government compensation scheme supposed to help the families of people killed by exposure to asbestos was too heavily influenced by the insurance lobby, a parliamentary inquiry has found.

Former BA pilot Simon Wood, pictured during a visit to an orphanage in Kenya in 1999

British Airways faces lawsuit over ‘child abuse’ by pilot

Simon Wood, who died last year, accused of sex attacks in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania

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Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

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Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
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Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
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Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
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14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
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Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

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League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
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