Council services praised by Government report
Data released by the Department of Communities and Local Government show a vast improvement in the services offered by Mansfield District Council.
The latest Best Value Performance Indicators (2007/08) reveal that over the last four years (i.e. comparing the statistics from 2004/05 with those of 2007/08) the percentage of indicators in the top performance quartile has doubled from 12.5% to 25%.
The percentage of indicators in the top two quartiles has increased by 17% from 40% in 2004/05 to 57% in 2007/08.
Also during this period; the number of indicators in the bottom quartile has reduced by 7.5% to an all time low of 20%.
Particularly significant improvements have been made in the following services used by residents:
- Recycling and composting: 99% of households in the district are now served by the kerbside recycling scheme and 33.25% of the total waste collected is recycled.
- Street cleanliness: 88% of the District's streets are now assessed as meeting acceptable levels of cleanliness.
- Homelessness: Significant reductions in the number of homelessness applications - 1018 to 539 in 2007/08.
- Decent Homes programme: 2877 Council homes improved to reach the Decent Homes standard – 93% of tenants satisfied with improvements.
- Processing of Planning Applications: Major Applications (83.3% processed in 13 week period) and Minor Applications (84.3% processed in 8 week period). These are now processed as quickly as the best performing councils anywhere in the country.
Councillor Phil Smith, Portfolio Holder for Corporate Issues at Mansfield District Council commented on the recent Best Performance Value Indicators: "These figures are excellent news for the residents of Mansfield District."
"These results clearly show the improvement in the number of indicators assessed and ranked highly and are a testimony to Mansfield District Council's efficiency in carrying out essential services."
"They are something of which both the District Council and residents of Mansfield District can be proud."