£1 in 1981 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £1.09 in 1982. The pound had an average inflation rate of 8.61% per year between 1981 and 1982, producing a cumulative price increase of 8.61%. 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.

This means that prices in 1982 are 1.09 times higher than average prices since 1981, according to the Office for National Statistics composite price index.

The inflation rate in 1981 was 11.87%. The inflation rate in 1982 was 8.61%. The 1982 inflation rate is higher compared to the average inflation rate of 3.42% per year between 1982 and 2021.

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.

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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% |

£1 in 1981 | £1.09 in 1982 |

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1981 and 1982:

CPI in 1982
CPI in 1981

×

1981 GBP value

=

1982 GBP value

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

320.4295

×

£1

=

£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

×

100

=

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

320.4 - 295295

×

100

=

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.

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.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 6 Dec. 2021, https://www.officialdata.org/UK-inflation-rate-in-1982.

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

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% |

£1 in 1981 | £1.09 in 1982 |