Aberdeen’s SNP group has promised to build at least 2,500 new affordable homes if it becomes the ruling administration at next month’s election.
Launching its manifesto yesterday, the party also pledged to scrap a care system, bringing it back into council control, and to look into a publicly-owned bus service.
The party previously revealed a promise to build another bridge over the River Dee if they come out on top in the election.
SNP group leader Councillor Stephen Flynn said: “There is no doubt our city has faced its fair share of challenges in recent years and we must grasp the opportunity to transform our city for the better – an SNP administration will deliver the change and prosperity Aberdeen deserves.”
In 2013, local authority care staff and services were put under the control of Bon Accord Care.
The SNP claims this decision has put pressure on the Health and Social Care Partnership through service duplication, additional costs and “little oversight” from the Integration Joint Board.
Instead it wants to return all the staff – with no changes to contracts – to council rule.
Labour councillor Willie Young said: “Bon Accord Care has proved to be an effective operator within the social care sector and it has delivered care to the most vulnerable in our society.”
The commitment to build at least 2,500 new affordable homes includes a goal of around 2,000 of them being council-owned.
Cllr Flynn said: “Council homes are really in short supply and we need to resolve that situation.”
As well as creating more “modern apprenticeships” for school pupils, a pledge has been made to introduce a rent relief scheme for teachers.
This would include 50% of costs for the first year and 25% for the second in the hope of tackling the teacher shortage.
Other pledges include investigating “all options available” to deliver a publicly-run bus service.
The elections take place on Thursday, May 4.