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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3.5m children predicted to be in poverty by 2020

Charities say scale of the problem is  ‘a stain on  the national conscience’

Aderonke Apata, right, and her girlfriend Happiness Agboro

Aderonke Apata deportation case: 'If the Home Office doesn’t believe I’m gay, I’ll send them a video that proves it'

A Nigerian asylum-seeker tells Emily Dugan she is far from alone  in her struggle with the Home Office

War effort: Women war workers at Cross Farm, Shackleton, Surrey, in 1917

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The new British front - in the fields

With food imports blocked by German U-boats, the Women's Land Army was vital to Britain's survival
Lawyers believe even caring for people in their own homes may be a breach of their right to freedom if it is against their wishes and best interests

Thousands of disabled people lose their liberty because of red tape

Ten-fold increase in number of people whose care arrangements need to be independently assessed causing vast backlog

In a report on the state of maternity care, the Commons Public Accounts Committee criticised both the Department of Health and NHS England for being unable to tell it who is accountable for ensuring the NHS has enough midwives

Half of all mothers will not take full maternity leave - because they are scared of losing their jobs

Research reveals that women re-enter the workforce early because of job security fears

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.

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Fall of the Berlin Wall: It was thanks to Mikhail Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell

Fall of the Berlin Wall

It was thanks to Gorbachev that this symbol of division fell
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Rose Rouse's safari in modern Britain

Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
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A head injury from a bicycle accident had the surprising effect of robbing Nell Frizzell of two of her senses

Matt Parker is proud of his square roots

The "stand-up mathematician" is using comedy nights to preach maths to big audiences
Paul Scholes column: Beating Manchester City is vital part of life at Manchester United. This is first major test for Luke Shaw, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao – it’s not a game to lose

Paul Scholes column

Beating City is vital part of life at United. This is first major test for Shaw, Di Maria and Falcao – it’s not a game to lose
Frank Warren: Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing

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Call me an old git, but I just can't see that there's a place for women’s boxing
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Simon Hart: Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manchester City will rise again but they need to change their attitude

Manuel Pellegrini’s side are too good to fail and derby allows them to start again, says Simon Hart
Isis in Syria: A general reveals the lack of communication with the US - and his country's awkward relationship with their allies-by-default

A Syrian general speaks

A senior officer of Bashar al-Assad’s regime talks to Robert Fisk about his army’s brutal struggle with Isis, in a dirty war whose challenges include widespread atrocities
‘A bit of a shock...’ Cambridge economist with Glasgow roots becomes Zambia’s acting President

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Guy Scott's predecessor, Michael Sata, died in a London hospital this week after a lengthy illness
Fall of the Berlin Wall: History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War

Fall of the Berlin Wall

History catches up with Erich Honecker - the East German leader who praised the Iron Curtain and claimed it prevented a Third World War
How to turn your mobile phone into easy money

Turn your mobile phone into easy money

There are 90 million unused mobiles in the UK, which would be worth £7bn if we cashed them in, says David Crookes