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LGMB PLANS GOOD PRACTICE DATABASE BY NEXT YEAR

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A database covering good practice initiatives in local government is being developed by the Local Government Manage...
A database covering good practice initiatives in local government is being developed by the Local Government Management Board and will be launched in the new year.

The database will build on the Training and Management Information Service currently provided by the LGMB.

TRAMIS is a computerised record of 11,000 books, articles and reports on personnel issues. A team of seven information officers answer 100 enquiries for TRAMIS information every week.

The database, run by staff at the board's Luton offices and in the 10 provincial councils, will be made directly available to councils. Proposals include placing it on the Internet or allowing researchers direct access to computers at LGMB headquarters.

Spending on the service will be doubled to £10,000, not including staff costs. A steering committee of provincial council members and local councillors is being set up to plan the changes and will meet in May.

A list of new topics which will broaden the information collected by the board is being drawn up.

TRAMIS was set up by the local government training board in 1987, and has records of more than 600 good practice initiatives.

'It doesn't cover all local authorities and training initiatives,' said Connie Sharp, senior information officer at the LGMB. 'We need a more systematic way of collecting information. It's a bit ad hoc at the moment.'

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