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LONDON ANGER AT NEW FUNDING MAP

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The Association of London Government has protested against plans to remove part of the city from the assisted areas...
The Association of London Government has protested against plans to remove part of the city from the assisted areas scheme.

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.

ALG vice chair Sally Powell said: 'Regional selective assistance is crucial to London, acting as a catalyst to attract new business.'

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.'

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