Cost of the Water Fluoridation Programme for England 2014-2015

Joy Warren made this Freedom of Information request to Public Health England

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Dear Public Health England,

I append the breakdown of fluoridation costs for 2013-2014 which you sent in September 2014.
1. Would you please perform the same exercise and let me see the expenditure for financial year 2014-2015 employing the same format and using the same categories.
EIR Response 12/09/jb/280

Fluoridation costs

Cost element Total (£)
Workforce 441016
Sampling 39527
Transport / Vehicle charge 38129
Materials / Consumables 49300
Other costs 51717
Electricity 43387
*Chemicals 877336
Monitor maintenance and spares 158928
Support workforce / Hired and contracted 78397
Training 9984
Company overhead / Management fee /
Administration charges / On costs 182412
Total Exc. VAT 1970133
Total inc. VAT 2364160

* 'Chemicals' primarily consist of the fluoridating chemical but also some other associated chemical costs such as reagents for the monitors.
2. I would also appreciate sight of the breakdown of total fluoridation costs for each fluoridating local authority. I refer to the table which you sent in response to another FoI request the PHE reference to which is: 20/08/jb/241 Date 4th September 2014.

Hopefully, you will be able to include the total cost of the West Cumbria fluoridation programme for 2014-2015 but I would also be grateful if you could let me have the total for 2013-2014 as a separate figure even though it will not be for the full year.

Yours faithfully

Joy Warren

FOI, Public Health England

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Not many people realise that 99.7% of the money spent on fluoridation is totally wasted. That is, it goes down the drain. The reply by PHE will be sent to all the fluoridating Local Authorities to tell them that they are wasting public money.