MPs deserve 'one-off uplift' in pay

Press Association
House of Parliament stock
House of Parliament stock

MPs deserve a "one-off uplift" in their salaries, the head of the watchdog responsible for their pay and perks has insisted ahead of the publication of plans expected to set out an 11% rise.

Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) chairman Sir Ian Kennedy said the issue should not be kicked into the long grass and despite the rise to help MPs' pay "catch up", the overall package will not cost taxpayers "a penny more".