UK inflation rate in 1966: 3.94%

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Inflation in 1966 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 3.94% in 1966 compared to 1965. On average, you would have to spend 3.94% more money in 1966 than in 1965 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 1965 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.04 in 1966.

The 1965 inflation rate was 4.66%. The inflation rate in 1966 was 3.94%. The 1966 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 5.66% per year between 1966 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1966 was 60.70. It was 58.40 in the previous year, 1965. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1965 to 1966
Average inflation rate 3.94%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.04
Price difference (£1 base) £0.04
CPI in 1965 58.400
CPI in 1966 60.700
Inflation in 1965 4.66%
Inflation in 1966 3.94%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1965 to 1966

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1966CPI in 1965
1965 GBP value
1966 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 58.4 in the year 1965 and 60.7 in 1966:


£1 in 1965 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.04 in 1966.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1965 and 1966, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1966 - CPI in 1965CPI in 1965
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

60.7 - 58.458.4

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.

Data Source & Citation

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.

You may use the following MLA citation for this page: “Inflation Rate in 1966 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 23 May. 2019,

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