Specsavers founders Dame Mary and Doug Perkins had their pay out cut in half last year, according to recently filed accounts.

Despite the company recording a lift in profits, the couple’s dividend was cut to £17.4m last year compared to a £36.8m windfall in 2015.

Specsavers recorded a 1.2% lift in sales to £673.7m during the year to the end of February.