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BHA launches manifesto to safeguard jobs

The British Hospitality Association urges members to lobby parliament ahead of election

Pictured: BHA chief executive Ufi Ibrahim

The British Hospitality Association (BHA) has launched an industry manifesto in the run up to the general election calling on politicians to safeguard hospitality and tourism jobs.

The Hospitality and Tourism industry manifesto calls on politicians to be mindful of the consequences of poorly informed economic promises and the potential cost to business, jobs and the country.

In a letter to members, BHA chief executive Ufi Ibrahim said: “It is imperative that politicians not only recognise, but fully understand, the severity of the headwinds facing our industry. We must remind them of their responsibility to safeguard Hospitality and Tourism employment and not jeopardise the stability of the 4.5 million jobs our businesses account for.”

The BHA has also supplied members with a General Election Toolkit that makes it simple to connect with local parliamentary candidates, including a draft letter for members to send with the BHA’s recommendations to the incoming Government.

The letter includes the BHA’s four recommendations for the next Government, which are:

1.   Recognise the importance of EU workers to our industry and develop evidence-based immigration rules with visa requirements that encourage rather than discourage foreign tourists.
2.   Assess the impact that future National Living Wage rases would have on employment and business sustainability and extend National Insurance Contributions relief to all under 25s.
3.   Reduce VAT on visitor accommodation and attractions from 20 to 5 per cent, bringing the UK into line with our European competitors.
4.  Review business rates, capital allowances and tax relief systems to ensure that ‘bricks and mortar’ businesses can thrive. Cap business rate increases for hospitality and tourism businesses to 12.5 per cent.

Ibrahim is also calling on members to register for The BHA Summit, taking place on 6 June - just two days before the general election – at The Grand Connaught Rooms in London.

She said: “We need as many BHA members as possible to attend and amplify our messages to the incoming Government.”

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