The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has called on the next government to cut red-tape and avoid an increase in National Insurance Contributions (NIC). The BHA's election manifesto argues that the Department for Culture, Media and Sport must work more effectively in the future to represent hospitality's views between departments when it comes to new regulations. A rise in NIC, planned next April, would threaten job creation and raise payroll in a sector where staff costs at restaurants, for example, already exceed 40% of revenue, according to the association. The BHA also wants more effective support for tourism, with a compete structural review of the system following the disintegration in recent years of the tourist board structure and the variable performance of the Regional Development Agencies. A more consistent approach to funding of training and education in hospitality combined with tax incentives to encourage business to train their staff is also required.