ESN may require more testing than 2019 start date allows and delays in introduction could cost £475m a year, says committee Delays in introducing a new communications system for the emergency services in could cost taxpayers £475m a year, MPs have warned. The Commons public accounts committee has reported that the emergency services network (ESN), which is to replace the current Airwave system, could require more testing than the start date of December 2019 allowed for. The financial watchdog said postponing the introduction for a year could cost hundreds of millions of pounds. It added that the Home Office had not budgeted for an extended transition period or put in place detailed contingency arrangements to manage this risk of delay for the police, fire and ambulance services. Good communications “can make the difference between life and death for both emergency services personnel and the public”, the committee said. It has called on the Home Office to put in place adequate

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