A revised map of assisted areas means parts of the capital originally included in the scheme will now be excluded (LGC, 14 April). London has suffered a net loss of around four wards.
The new map is the product of nine months of negotiation between the government and the European Commission, which was concerned the original did not comply with state aid guidelines.
Businesses in assisted areas can apply for regional selective assistance grants from the government worth more than£250m a year.
Meanwhile, East Ayrshire Council has protested 'large swathes' of its area have been removed. Development services chair Eric Ross said: 'The revised proposals for East Ayrshire appear to be unfair, illogical and just plain daft.'