£1 in 1980 → £1.46 in 1986

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£1 in 1980 → £1.46 in 1986

UK Inflation Rate, £1 in 1980 to 1986

According to the Office for National Statistics composite price index, prices in 1986 are 46.34% higher than average prices throughout 1980. The pound experienced an average inflation rate of 6.55% per year during this period, meaning the real value of a dollar decreased.

In other words, £1 in 1980 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.46 in 1986, a difference of £0.46 over 6 years.

The 1980 inflation rate was 17.99%. The inflation rate in 1986 was 3.40%. The 1986 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 3.29% per year between 1986 and 2019.


Inflation from 1980 to 1986
Cumulative price change 46.34%
Average inflation rate 6.55%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.46
Price difference (£1 base) £0.46
CPI in 1980 263.700
CPI in 1986 385.900
Inflation in 1980 17.99%
Inflation in 1986 3.40%

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


Buying power of £1 in 1980

This chart shows calculation of buying power equivalence, often referred to as "the value of a pound" over time for £1 in 1980 (price index tracking began in 1750).

According to the Office for National Statistics, each of these GBP amounts below is equal in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year Pound Value Inflation Rate
1980 £1.00 17.99%
1981 £1.12 11.87%
1982 £1.22 8.61%
1983 £1.27 4.59%
1984 £1.33 4.98%
1985 £1.42 6.08%
1986 £1.46 3.40%
1987 £1.52 4.17%
1988 £1.60 4.90%
1989 £1.72 7.78%
1990 £1.89 9.46%
1991 £2.00 5.87%
1992 £2.07 3.74%
1993 £2.11 1.59%
1994 £2.16 2.41%
1995 £2.23 3.47%
1996 £2.28 2.41%
1997 £2.36 3.14%
1998 £2.44 3.43%
1999 £2.47 1.54%
2000 £2.55 2.96%
2001 £2.59 1.77%
2002 £2.64 1.67%
2003 £2.71 2.89%
2004 £2.79 2.98%
2005 £2.87 2.82%
2006 £2.96 3.20%
2007 £3.09 4.29%
2008 £3.21 3.99%
2009 £3.20 -0.53%
2010 £3.34 4.61%
2011 £3.52 5.20%
2012 £3.63 3.21%
2013 £3.74 3.04%
2014 £3.83 2.36%
2015 £3.87 0.99%
2016 £3.94 1.74%
2017 £4.08 3.58%
2018 £4.18 2.48%
2019 £4.25 1.80%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.

How to Calculate Inflation Rate for £1, 1980 to 1986

This inflation calculator uses the following inflation rate formula:

CPI in 1986CPI in 1980
×
1980 GBP value
=
1986 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The UK CPI was 263.7 in the year 1980 and 385.9 in 1986:

385.9263.7
×
£1
=
£1.46

£1 in 1980 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.46 in 1986.

To get the total inflation rate for the 6 years between 1980 and 1986, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1986 - CPI in 1980CPI in 1980
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (6 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

385.9 - 263.7263.7
×
100
=
46%

News headlines from 1980

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

  • Princess Victoria is crowned Princess of Sweden.
  • Iranian protesters storm the Russian embassy in Iran.
  • Abdou Diouf is elected president of Senegal after being Prime Minister for ten years.
  • Cable News Network (CNN) is transmitted for the first time.
  • Saddam Hussein, President of Iraq, declares a holy war on Iran.

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: “£1 in 1980 → 1986 | UK Inflation Calculator.” U.S. Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 20 Nov. 2019, https://www.officialdata.org/1980-GBP-in-1986?amount=1.

Special thanks to QuickChart for providing downloadable chart images.

in2013dollars.com is a reference website maintained by the Official Data Foundation.


About the author

Ian Webster is an engineer and data expert based in San Mateo, California. He has worked for Google, NASA, and consulted for governments around the world on data pipelines and data analysis. Disappointed by the lack of clear resources on the impacts of inflation on economic indicators, Ian believes this website serves as a valuable public tool. Ian earned his degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College.

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Inflation from 1980 to 1986
Cumulative price change 46.34%
Average inflation rate 6.55%
Converted amount (£1 base) £1.46
Price difference (£1 base) £0.46
CPI in 1980 263.700
CPI in 1986 385.900
Inflation in 1980 17.99%
Inflation in 1986 3.40%
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