UK inflation rate in 1980: 17.99%

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Inflation in 1980 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 17.99% in 1980 compared to 1979. On average, you would have to spend 17.99% more money in 1980 than in 1979 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 1979 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.18 in 1980.

The 1979 inflation rate was 13.39%. The inflation rate in 1980 was 17.99%. The 1980 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 3.78% per year between 1980 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1980 was 263.70. It was 223.50 in the previous year, 1979. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1979 to 1980
Average inflation rate 17.99%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.18
Price difference (£1 base) £0.18
CPI in 1979 223.500
CPI in 1980 263.700
Inflation in 1979 13.39%
Inflation in 1980 17.99%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1979 to 1980

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1980CPI in 1979
1979 GBP value
1980 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 223.5 in the year 1979 and 263.7 in 1980:


£1 in 1979 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.18 in 1980.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1979 and 1980, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1980 - CPI in 1979CPI in 1979
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

263.7 - 223.5223.5

News headlines from 1979

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

  • Ayatollah Khomeini returns to Iran after fifteen years of exile.
  • Ugandan dictator Idi Amin flees to Libya after the Tanzanian army captures Kampala, Uganda's capital.
  • Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Minister of United Kingdom, the first ever woman to hold the position.
  • Afghanistan is invaded by the Soviets and overthrowing of President Hafizullah Amin.

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 1980 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Apr. 2019,

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