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Assisted Area

In the United Kingdom, an area designated as needing government assistance to promote economic development.

assisted area

a region of economic decline designated under European Union and UK REGIONAL POLICY as in need of industrial regeneration. Financial assistance in the form of REGIONAL SELECTIVE ASSISTANCE is available to manufacturing and service businesses prepared to undertake new investment in designated areas.

assisted area

an area of a country designated as qualifying for financial and other assistance under a country's REGIONAL POLICY in order to promote industrial regeneration. Assisted areas typically suffer from severe unemployment problems resulting from the decline of local firms and industries and are characterized by INCOME PER HEAD (GDP per capita) levels that are substantially below the national average.

In the UK, the main assisted areas are ‘Tier 1’ areas (formerly DEVELOPMENT AREAS) and ‘Tier 2’ areas (formerly INTERMEDIATE AREAS). These arrangements came into force in 2000 as part of a European Union (EU) programme aimed at establishing a comparable regional aid system across all the then 15 EU member states. Under EU policy, the main criteria for designating an assisted area is a GDP per capita that is below 75% of the EU average.

In the case of the UK, the areas proposed by the government, based on electoral voting ‘wards’, are still under review by the European Commission. Proposed Tier 1 areas are Cornwall and the Scilly Isles, Merseyside, South Yorkshire, West Wales and the Valleys, together with the whole of Northern Ireland. Proposed Tier 2 areas, totalling some 1550 smaller localities, are 79 from the east of England region; 133 from the East Midland region; 44 from the London region; 228 from the Northeast region; 144 from the Northwest region; 440 from Scotland; 129 from the Southeast region; 20 from the Southwest region; 51 from Wales; 197 from the West Midlands region and 91 from the Yorkshire and Humber region. Regarding Tier 2 submissions, the European Commission's preferred policy is to support ‘clusters’ of adjacent localities, providing sufficient ‘critical mass’ for industrial development rather than isolated localities.

In addition, a ‘Tier 3’ of assisted areas has been designated that covers areas of ‘special need’ (for example, coalfields and rural development areas).

The application of the new Tier structures is subject to an overall population ceiling requirement; specifically, for any country the number of persons residing in the assisted areas should not exceed more than 28.7% of the total population of the country See REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY.

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I am also delighted to announce that the vast majority of the zone - as well as part of the St Athan-Cardiff Airport Enterprise Zone - are now within the new assisted areas map drawn up by the Welsh Government and approved by the EU.
In the new Assisted Areas map which will be in place until 2020, businesses from across Flintshire will be able to apply for funds under European regional aid rules to bid for additional funding and tax breaks to create jobs, invest in new premises or machinery and take their business forward.
Whitehall chiefs will also provide more grants for port and coastal infrastructure development in assisted areas of England which currently includes parts of Tees Valley - although a review to determine which areas have assisted area status from 2014 is currently underway.
This is why we have adopted a stricter approach for investments by large companies in the more developed assisted areas.
There is a concern that the current benefits to assisted areas in the EU will be altered so that state aid support to large businesses located within them will be scrapped and only apply to smaller firms.
Areas where buildings will qualify for BPRA are "assisted areas" as specified by the Assisted Areas Order 2007.
10 Regional development: The DTI publishes, for submission to the European Commission, its response to the Assisted Areas Review and proposed map of Assisted Areas, showing the zones where businesses can apply for regional aid for the next seven years.
State compensation of production costs incurred by a company in the course of normal business constitutes operating aid, which is allowed only under very strict conditions set out in the Regional Aid Guidelines for assisted areas under Article 87(3a) of the EC Treaty.
Enterprise Minister Nicol Stephen said: 'RSA can and does make a real difference to the assisted areas of Scotland, creating and sustaining vital jobs, boosting local economies and raising standards of life.
The grants go to eligible Assisted Areas - locations of low economic activity and high unemployment - and provide up to 20pc of the cost of investment.
Brussels has ruled it illegal because under EU law, employment-boosting aid must be paid to small-and-medium sized businesses in assisted areas, while rescue and restructuring aid cannot be paid to large companies.