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Conditional funding streams where mayors have responsibility for delivering, convening, or supporting

The multiplicity of funding and the nature of the competitive process means that mayors are not allowed to invest these funds in line with their own priorities and then be held to account by voters. The system demands that they develop plans that align with existing government priorities and then stick to them through the funding period.

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