UK inflation rate in 1982: 8.61%

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Inflation in 1982 and Its Effect on Pound Value

Purchasing power decreased by 8.61% in 1982 compared to 1981. On average, you would have to spend 8.61% more money in 1982 than in 1981 for the same item.

In other words, £1 in 1981 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.09 in 1982.

The 1981 inflation rate was 11.87%. The inflation rate in 1982 was 8.61%. The 1982 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 3.44% per year between 1982 and 2019.

Inflation rate is calculated by change in the composite price index (CPI). The CPI in 1982 was 320.40. It was 295.00 in the previous year, 1981. The difference in CPI between the years is used by the Office for National Statistics to officially determine inflation.

Inflation from 1981 to 1982
Average inflation rate 8.61%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.09
Price difference (£1 base) £0.09
CPI in 1981 295.000
CPI in 1982 320.400
Inflation in 1981 11.87%
Inflation in 1982 8.61%

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

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1981 to 1982

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1982CPI in 1981
1981 GBP value
1982 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 295 in the year 1981 and 320.4 in 1982:


£1 in 1981 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.09 in 1982.

To get the total inflation rate for the 1 years between 1981 and 1982, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1982 - CPI in 1981CPI in 1981
Cumulative inflation rate (1 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

320.4 - 295295

News headlines from 1981

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

  • Ronald Reagan is inaugurated as the President of the United States.
  • IBM introduces its first PC - Personal Computer.
  • United States Center for Disease Control reports that pneumonia is affecting five homosexual men in Los Angeles, which marks the beginning of the AIDS epidemic.

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 1982 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 19 Apr. 2019,

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