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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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

From left to right: Nadia Eweida, Carol Howard, Wendy Williams

Discrimination at work goes unpunished as women can’t afford to sue

Employees who have been harassed, bullied or sacked as a result of their sex or gender now have to pay £1,200 for their claim to be heard in an employment tribunal

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