The Department of Trade and Industry has asked the European Commission to include the areas for the first time, with regions eligible for billions of pounds worth of aid.
The decision - predicted in LGC (24 September) - was claimed by the Association of London Authorities as a victory for its lobbying. The London Boroughs Association has also campaigned for the funds.
The commission can cut but cannot add to the list of regions which will be bigger than the funds available. It will draw up the final list next month before distributing aid to eligible regions next January.