Hello, I'm 7 months into my wait to have my first ESA assessment to decide which group I should be in, before I can move up from the basic rate. Atos's latest gem of information when I chased them about getting an appointment was that now they have lost the contract, they aren't bound by any time constraints or guidelines, so they can take as long as they want. I meanwhile have have to find Physio costs and psychologist costs out of my own £73 per week, as the waiting list on the NHS is so long, and Bipolar doesn't really hang around for 8 months without any intervention.
My question is whether it's possible to get the ball rolling on PIP application now to save time later and try and get more money now, or can they not assess PIP without first doing ESA medical? Thanks x