Labour has been accused of already breaking an election promise to build 2,000 council homes in Aberdeen.
Aberdeen City Council’s Labour group committed last week to building 1,500 council houses and 1,500 affordable homes, as reported in the Evening Express.
But election literature from the party earlier in the campaign said it wanted to see 2,000 council homes built.
Aberdeen SNP group leader Stephen Flynn suggested the reduction in numbers casts doubt over Labour’s ability to deliver its other election pledges.
He said: “It’s not even polling day and already Labour appear to be breaking their own promises to the electorate for the next five years.
“Labour’s own campaign literature states that they’ll build 2,000 but now we’re told that number is down to 1,500 – what’s happened which has led them to slash their own promise by a quarter?
“You’d think if Labour were confident enough to put this on a billboard they would have a plan to actually deliver it.”
But finance convener and Aberdeen Labour councillor Willie Young said the party is committed to building affordable and council housing right across the city.
He added: “The SNP, when in power, delivered nothing but budget cuts and the public will not be fooled by any false promise from them.
“Cllr Flynn should remember that at each and every council committee which discussed housing, it was Aberdeen Labour that proposed building homes and the SNP which supported it.”
Liberal Democrat group leader Ian Yuill said: “It’s alarming that within the course of just a couple of weeks, the Labour party seems to have watered down some of their key commitments.
“We believe that thousands of houses will be required but rather than see political parties argue over who can build how many, we should sit down and work out what we need in terms of council housing and come up with a long-term plan.”
Conservative councillor Alan Donnelly said incoming successful councillors from his party would make their own commitment on housing after the election.
He added: “They (Labour and SNP) can fight among themselves.”