Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of campaign group the TaxPayers’ Alliance, has slammed the proposal.
He said: “At a time when local authorities across the country are having to find necessary savings and hard-pressed families are struggling with rising bills, the council needs to ask itself if this pay rise can possibly be justified.
“Taxpayers expect their money to fund frontline services like adult social care, not to be used to top up pay packages for council bosses, some of whom already earn three-figure salaries.”
But leader of Test Valley Borough Council Ian Carr, pictured, said: “I’ve heard no feedback that it’s under or over. Whatever happens there will be discussions at the committee hearing.”