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Thank you for taking time to read this document which contains information about community water fluoridation.  For further information, see your council website “Improving Oral Health Through Community Water Fluoridation”

County Durham, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Northumberland local authorities are working together to consider varying an existing local community water fluoridation scheme to provide fluoridated water to more of their local communities.

Because of the way the water system connects together, the proposed extension would also impact a very small number of residents in Darlington, Gateshead, Hartlepool, Stockton and Cumbria.

Due to the large number of people that would be affected by fluoridation, the local authorities are considering holding a wide-ranging public consultation later in 2020.

In anticipation of this, we are seeking views about fluoridation from a range of key stakeholders, like you, who may have a professional, representative or policy interest in improving oral health – or work with vulnerable or protected groups or communities.

The information we gather will be used to develop and inform any further dialogue with the public.

We would very much appreciate you taking the time to consider some key questions we pose and give us your views.

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* 1. Which local authority area are you from?

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* 2. Which of the following describes you?

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* 3. We want to ensure that our consultation reaches as many people as possible.  What do you think are the best ways to gain the views of local people?

Community Water Fluoridation could benefit the following groups:

·       Children and young people

·       People from deprived communities

·       People from protected or vulnerable groups or communities such as people with learning and/or physical disabilities

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* 4. Please tell us about any specific issues, concerns or views that we need to consider, to ensure, that we are engaging these groups during the public consultation stage.

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* 5. Please detail below any other comments you wish to make or any additional issues you think we need to consider as part of this consultation planning stage.

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* 6. Please detail below anything your organisation, group etc can do to help us should we need to carry out a public consultation.

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* 7. Please indicate yes/no if we can contact you about this offer of help in the future?

Providing your contact details is entirely optional. By providing your contact details you are giving your consent to be contacted to discuss what your organisation, group etc can do to help us should we carry out the public consultation. You can withdraw your consent at any time. We will only contact you for this reason and we will retain your contact details until the end of the year.

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* 8. If you answered yes to the above question, please provide a key contact name, telephone and email:

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* 9. Are you in support of community water fluoridation?

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* 10. We are asking for your views because we have identified you as a stakeholder who might have an interest in these issues. It would be helpful to know if there are any groups you work who represent of any of the following equality groups (protected characteristics) as defined by the Equality Act 2010? (Please tick all that apply)

Thank you for your time, we value the contributions you make, and we look forward to discussing these important issues around oral health with our communities later in 2020.