Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority's (IPSA)) chairman Sir Ian Kennedy has defended MPs' planned pay rise, saying the extra salary costs would be offset by curbs to expenses, pensions and "golden goodbyes".
He told ITV News that IPSA were "doing something which will last for a generation, not go with the drift of whatever the political wind is".
The pay hike has received widespread criticism from politicians with Education Secretary Michael Gove telling the regulator to "stick it".
Education Secretary Michael Gove led a backlash against a pay hike for MPs - telling the regulator that proposed the rise to "stick it".
They put in long hours, they work weekends and split their lives between two places of work. So should MPs get a pay rise?
As the MPs' salary debate continues, Sir Peter Bottomley defends the work of MPs and addresses the issue of whether they are paid enough.