Prescott's biggest bungle so far. He has presided over the introduction of a new local government finance system that according to the Audit Commission is 'fundamentally flawed'.
'And when not fiddling the local financial settlement he has been increasing spending pressures on councils - forcing them to raise council tax. This report is a damming and devastating indictment of Labour's approach to councils and council tax.
'This independent report has said what Conservatives have been saying all along - this year's council tax rises are the fault of Labour and John Prescott. It is not too late for Labour to get a grip and act now before we see more council tax rises next year. They should stop their dishonesty over council tax and stop people being stung again over council tax.
'If Oscars were handed out for departmental incompetence, John Prescott would have quite a spectacular trophy room.'