Reply To: Relationship between AIF and AIP

david farrar

AIF and AIP are in no way linked.

The AIP is basically a period set by the Pensions Service, I believe the maximum is 9 years, during which the pensioner only needs to notify life event changes.

The length of the AIP is supposed to be based upon the likelihood of a change in circumstances, e.g, if pensioner is 61 and it is known that they will receive a works pension on 65th birthday, it would be expected that AIP would be for 4 Years, alternatively if there are no expected changes the AIP may be set for 9 years.

If has no impact on HB/CTB as the AIP is an internal device for PS.

During the AIP, the AIF may be uprated or varied if there is a relevant notifiable change.