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More Than 10 Per Cent Of Alberta Children Living In Poverty: Report

11/26/2013 04:57 EST | Updated 01/26/2014 05:59 EST
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EDMONTON - A report says more than 10 per cent of Alberta children were living in poverty in 2011.

The report says there were 84,000 children whose families were below the low-income measure after taxes.

The survey was done by Public Interest Alberta, the Edmonton Social Planning Council and the Alberta College of Social Workers.

The report also says that almost 60 per cent of kids in poverty had at least one parent working full time.

The authors of the report are urging Premier Alison Redford to come through on an election promise to eliminate child poverty by 2017.

They say that won't be achieved unless the government invests in social programs and public services to support families in need.

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