Craven’s frontline healthcare provider has been given a funding boost after the latest budgets from NHS England included an adjustment to reflect health inequalities and areas of deprivation.

Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group, which is responsible for designing, buying and contracting local healthcare, will see its budget increase from £183.7 million (or £1,173 per patient) this year to £187.7 million (£1,189 per head) in 2014-15 and £190.9 million (£1,201 per patient) in 2015-16.

Under new guidelines, all CCGs will receive a minimum 2.14 per cent increase in funding in 2014-15 and 1.7 per cent in 2015-16.

A spokesman for local CCGs said: “We are undertaking an assessment of the impact the funding allocations will have on our respective strategies.”