Back in 1996, an English Metropolitan Council gained control of millions of pounds of European Community regeneration money. (To see the case study click Here and go to Case Study 4, page 59.)
However, for various reasons to do with political and personal differences, the council could not easily gain the cooperation of local partners and other stakeholders that was essential for the money's effective allocation and use.
It was only when the council decided to share control of how the money was allocated and used, offering to create a strategy jointly with local partners and other stakeholders, that progress was made.
By sharing rather than controlling the strategy, the council was better able to ensure that the money was well used.
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