A likely increase in the base level of the National Minimum Wage next year has made the hospitality industry ill at ease. On 1 October 2005, the hourly minimum wage rises to £5.05, up from £4.85, for those 22-years-old or older. The rate for 18-21-year-olds increases from £4.10 to £4.25, while the accommodation rate rises to £3.90. However, the Low Pay Commission (LPC) is understood to have urged the government to raise the wage to £5.35 from October 2006, worrying the British Hospitality Association as well as the British Beer and Pub Association. Both fear increases would have adverse effects on the industry. The concern is that while many already pay above minimum wage, they are worried that pubs and hotels would have to raise salaries to maintain margin above minimum wage in order to attract and retain staff. This would squeeze profits and affecting their ability to run training programmes. The LPC will consult the industry starting October 2005, and make its recommendations to the government in February 2006.