UK inflation rate in 1965: 4.66%

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UK Inflation Rate, 1965-2018 (£1)

The composite price index (CPI) in 1965 was 58.4. the Office for National Statistics uses this CPI value to track inflation on a monthly basis.

According to the Office for National Statistics composite price index, the pound experienced an average inflation rate of 5.69% per year. Prices in 2018 are 1777.7% higher than prices in 1965.

In other words, £1 in the year 1965 is equivalent in purchasing power to £18.78 in 2018, a difference of £17.78 over 53 years.

The current inflation rate in 2018 is 3.10%1. If this number holds, £1 today will be equivalent to £1.03 next year.

Inflation from 1965 to 2018
Cumulative price change 1777.73%
Average inflation rate 5.69%
Price difference (£1 base) £17.78
CPI in 1965 58.4
CPI in 2018 1096.59148

UK inflation chart from 1988 to 2017. Based on the UK Consumer Price Index.

How to calculate the inflation rate for £1 since 1965

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2018 / CPI in 1965 * 1965 GBP value = 2018 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 58.4 in the year 1965 and 1096.59148 in 2018:

1096.59148 / 58.4 * £1 = £18.78

£1 in 1965 has the same "purchasing power" as £18.78 in 2018.

News headlines from 1965

Politics and news often influence economic performance. Here's what was happening at the time:

  • Aleksei Leonov, a Soviet cosmonaut, makes the first Spacewalk, when he leaves the Hos spacecraft for 12 minutes.
  • Winston Churchill, is given the largest state funeral ever, it takes place in St Paul's Cathedral, London.
  • The Supreme Court legalises the use of contraception by married couples.
  • France becomes the third nation in space, after launching its first satellite.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson, US President, signs the Voting Rights Act, making voting discrimination against minorities illegal.

Inflation Data Source

Raw data for these calculations comes from the composite price index published by the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS). A composite index is created by combining price data from several different published sources, both official and unofficial. The Consumer Price Index, normally used to compute inflation, has only been tracked since 1988. All inflation calculations after 1988 use the Office for National Statistics' Consumer Price Index, except for 2017, which is based on The Bank of England's forecast.

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