Emily Dugan

Emily Dugan is Social Affairs 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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Research by the TUC shows that working families will be the worst hit by the latest welfare reforms

Working families hit twice as hard by Coalition cuts as jobseekers

TUC research will be damaging to David Cameron

The fallout from Right to Buy over the past 30 years means there is a now a chronic shortage in local authority housing

Social housing in crisis as too many homes are sold under Right to Buy

Councils struggling to cover social housing needs

Harley Miller, Australian immigrant and NHS children’s therapist, has lived in Britain for nine years

Lauded therapist Harley Miller still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

The specialist children’s counsellor finds herself stuck in a seemingly unending struggle to remain in the UK the Australian is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law

A mother holds the hand of her sleeping newborn son

Most popular baby names: The top 20 boys and girls names in England and Wales

Oliver is top – but different spellings of Muhammad makes it the most common

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

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Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers as he pushes Tories on housing

Miliband promises no stamp duty for first-time buyers

Labour leader pushes Tories on housing
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Aviation history is littered with grand failures

But what went wrong with the SuperJumbo?
Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of Soviet-style 'iron curtains' right across Europe

Fortress Europe?

Fear of Putin, Islamists and immigration is giving rise to a new generation of 'iron curtains'
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Never mind what you're wearing

It's what you're reclining on that matters
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
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Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
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Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
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The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence