UK inflation rate in 1970: 6.40%

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Inflation in 1970 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 6.40% in 1970 compared to 1969. On average, you would have to spend 6.40% more money in 1970 than in 1969 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 1969 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.06 in 1970.

The 1969 inflation rate was 5.37%. The inflation rate in 1970 was 6.40%. The 1970 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 5.73% per year between 1970 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1970 was 73.10. It was 68.70 in the previous year, 1969. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1969 to 1970
Average inflation rate 6.40%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.06
Price difference (£1 base) £0.06
CPI in 1969 68.700
CPI in 1970 73.100
Inflation in 1969 5.37%
Inflation in 1970 6.40%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1969 to 1970

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1970CPI in 1969
1969 GBP value
1970 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 68.7 in the year 1969 and 73.1 in 1970:


£1 in 1969 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.06 in 1970.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1969 and 1970, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1970 - CPI in 1969CPI in 1969
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

73.1 - 68.768.7

News headlines from 1969

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

  • Golda Meir becomes first female Prime Minister of Israel.
  • Colonel Muammar Gaddafi deposes King Idris during the Libyan revolution.
  • Millions protest against the war on Vietnam Moratorium Day.

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 1970 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Apr. 2019,

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