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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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.

Girls getting fit and enjoying football in a refereeing workshop

Girls heed the message: don't get thin, get fit

Most now value health above skinniness, but those at secondary school admit they just don't get enough exercise
The Independent has seen evidence of more than 60 EU nationals on the electoral roll being denied the chance to vote in the European elections

'Go and vote in your own country': Evidence of non-British EU citizens turned away at the polls despite being on electoral roll

Swathes of European citizens living in Britain were turned away from the ballot box in the European elections on Thursday despite registering as voters and having polling cards.  

President of Nigeria Goodluck Jonathan cancelled a second visit

Nigeria schoolgirls: President Goodluck Jonathan cancels meeting amidst security concerns

More than 100 parents of Nigeria’s missing schoolgirls were stood up by a delegation from president Goodluck Jonathan’s government today, after a visit was cancelled at the last minute for security reasons, The Independent has learnt.

Britain’s Neets, 16- to 24-year-olds Not in Education, Employment or Training, fell by 118,000 in the year to March 2014

Number of young people out of work and education falls to lowest recorded level

The number of young people not working or studying is at its lowest level since records began, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam