Pension credit and assessed income periods

Find out what an Assessed Income Period is, what changed on 6 April 2016 and the new end dates from 14 July 2016.

Assessed Income Periods

An Assessed Income Period (AIP) is a period when someone receiving Pension Credit doesn’t have to advise the Social Security Agency about any changes to their Pension, Savings and Investments. Your Pension Credit award letter tells you if you have one. AIPs changed on 6 April 2016.

Change from 6 April 2016

From 6 April 2016, no new AIPs will be set.

If you already have an AIP that is due to end between 6 April 2016 and 31 March 2019, it will end – either on the date on your Pension Credit award letter or earlier, if your household circumstances change, for example if you move into a care home.

If you already have an AIP that is due to end on or after 1 April 2019 it will end earlier and will not be renewed.  The Department for Communities will send you a letter telling you the new end date six months beforehand, or you can find the new date in the table below.

If you are aged over 75 and have an AIP with no end date, it will stay in place until your household circumstances change.

When your AIP ends you will need to tell the Northern Ireland Pension Centre about any change to your circumstances, including your pensions.

New end dates for Assessed Income Periods 

Original end date between New end date
1 to 14 May 2020  14 January 2018 
15 to 31 May 2020  28 January 2018
1 to 14 June 2020  14 March 2018 
15 to 30 June 2020  28 March 2018
1 to 14 July 2020  14 April 2018 
15 to 31 July 2020  28 April 2018 
1 to 14 August 2020  14 June 2018 
15 to 31 August 2020  28 June 2018 
1 to 14 September 2020  14 July 2018 
15 to 30 September 2020  28 July 2018 
1 to 14 October 2020  14 August 2018 
15 to 31 October 2020  28 August 2018 
1 to 14 November 2020  14 October 2018 
15 to 30 November 2020  28 October 2018 
1 to 14 December 2020  14 November 2018 
15 to 31 December 2020  28 November 2018 
1 to 14 January 2021  14 January 2019 
15 to 31 January 2021  28 January 2019 
1 to 14 February 2021  14 February 2019 
15 to 28 February 2021  28 February 2019 
1 to 14 March 2021  14 March 2019 
15 March to 5 April 2021  28 March 2019

 

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