£1 in 1950 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.42 in 1957, an increase of £0.42 over 7 years. The pound had an average inflation rate of 5.15% per year between 1950 and 1957, producing a cumulative price increase of 42.12%.

This means that prices in 1957 are 1.42 times higher than average prices since 1950, according to the Office for National Statistics composite price index.

The 1950 inflation rate was 3.13%. The inflation rate in 1957 was 3.53%. The 1957 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 5.14% per year between 1957 and 2021.

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Cumulative price change | 42.12% |

Average inflation rate | 5.15% |

Converted amount (£1 base) | £1.42 |

Price difference (£1 base) | £0.42 |

CPI in 1950 | 33.000 |

CPI in 1957 | 46.900 |

Inflation in 1950 | 3.13% |

Inflation in 1957 | 3.53% |

£1 in 1950 | £1.42 in 1957 |

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for £1 in 1950 (price index tracking began in 1750).

For example, if you started with £1, you would need to end with £1.42 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When £1 is equivalent to £1.42 over time, that means that the "real value" of a single U.K. pound decreases over time. In other words, a pound will pay for fewer items at the store.

This effect explains how inflation erodes the value of a pound over time. By calculating the value in 1950 dollars, the chart below shows how £1 is worth less over 7 years.

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:

This conversion table shows various other 1950 amounts in 1957 pounds, based on the 42.12% change in prices:

Initial value | Equivalent value |
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£1 pound in 1950 | £1.42 pounds in 1957 |

£5 pounds in 1950 | £7.11 pounds in 1957 |

£10 pounds in 1950 | £14.21 pounds in 1957 |

£50 pounds in 1950 | £71.06 pounds in 1957 |

£100 pounds in 1950 | £142.12 pounds in 1957 |

£500 pounds in 1950 | £710.61 pounds in 1957 |

£1,000 pounds in 1950 | £1,421.21 pounds in 1957 |

£5,000 pounds in 1950 | £7,106.06 pounds in 1957 |

£10,000 pounds in 1950 | £14,212.12 pounds in 1957 |

£50,000 pounds in 1950 | £71,060.61 pounds in 1957 |

£100,000 pounds in 1950 | £142,121.21 pounds in 1957 |

£500,000 pounds in 1950 | £710,606.06 pounds in 1957 |

£1,000,000 pounds in 1950 | £1,421,212.12 pounds in 1957 |

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1950 and 1957:

CPI in 1957
CPI in 1950

×

1950 GBP value

=

1957 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.K. CPI was 33 in the year 1950 and 46.9 in 1957:

46.933

×

£1

=

£1 in 1950 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £1.42 in 1957.

To get the total inflation rate for the 7 years between 1950 and 1957, we use the following formula:

CPI in 1957 - CPI in 1950CPI in 1950

×

100

=

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

46.9 - 3333

×

100

=

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

- Jerusalem is proclaimed the capital of Israel by Knesset
- North Korea invades South Korea.
- Harry Truman announces that America will seek to develop a hydrogen bomb.
- Chinese forces occupy Tibet.

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 1950 → 1957 | UK Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 27 Sep. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/uk/inflation/1950?amount=1&endYear=1957.

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

Cumulative price change | 42.12% |

Average inflation rate | 5.15% |

Converted amount (£1 base) | £1.42 |

Price difference (£1 base) | £0.42 |

CPI in 1950 | 33.000 |

CPI in 1957 | 46.900 |

Inflation in 1950 | 3.13% |

Inflation in 1957 | 3.53% |

£1 in 1950 | £1.42 in 1957 |