About the Council
Mansfield District Council moved to a modernised leader and cabinet system in June 2001. The Council was traditionally Labour controlled with the party occupying at one time as many as 45 of the 46 council seats. In October 2002, following a referendum, local people chose their first elected Mayor, who formed a cross-party cabinet. The political make up for the Council is currently:-
24 Labour, 10 Independent Forum, 1 Unaligned Member, 1 vacant, and an Executive Mayor.
The Council has a strong track record of working for its community in the important areas of neighbourhood renewal, economic and housing regeneration. Faced with very high unemployment levels in the early nineties it has had notable successes in bringing in jobs and new businesses so that its unemployment claimant level is only just above the regional average. It has played a major role in the physical regeneration of the town centre and in the development of business parks and is working well with partners to improve the historically high levels of very poor housing. In neighbourhood renewal, economic and housing regeneration the council has shown what can achieve by clear leadership and sustained focus.
The Council was also accredited with Corporate Investors in People initially in 2007 and re-accredited in 2010, making a commitment to support employee wellbeing. In 2008 the Council achieved Local Government Equality Standard 4 and is amongst the best performing local authorities on equalities in the Country.
In the same year the Council was a finalist in the MJ Local Government Awards for best achievement working with staff for its highly successful Skills for Life Programme. During the 2011 LGC awards Mansfield was winner of the Low Carbon Council of the Year award and short-listed for the Legal Team of the year award.
The Council has made a steady improvement in the quality of its services focusing on improvements to the quality of life for local residents through better housing services, improved planning performance, regeneration initiatives, cleaner streets and improved waste and recycling services. The Council is by no means complacent, recognising that there is still considerable more improvement possible.