# £1 in 1975 is worth £8.76 in 2021

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## Value of £1 from 1975 to 2021

£1 in 1975 is equivalent in purchasing power to about £8.76 in 2021, an increase of £7.76 over 46 years. The pound had an average inflation rate of 4.83% per year between 1975 and 2021, producing a cumulative price increase of 775.81%.

This means that prices in 2021 are 8.76 times higher than average prices since 1975, according to the Office for National Statistics composite price index.

The inflation rate in 1975 was 24.24%. The inflation rate in 2021 was 2.49%. The 2021 inflation rate is lower compared to the average inflation rate of 6.46% per year between 2021 and 2022.

 Cumulative price change 775.81% Average inflation rate 4.83% Converted amount (£1 base) £8.76 Price difference (£1 base) £7.76 CPI in 1975 134.800 CPI in 2021 1,180.589 Inflation in 1975 24.24% Inflation in 2021 2.49% £1 in 1975 £8.76 in 2021

GBP inflation since 1975
Annual Rate, the Office for National Statistics CPI

## Buying power of £1 in 1975

This chart shows a calculation of buying power equivalence for £1 in 1975 (price index tracking began in 1750).

For example, if you started with £1, you would need to end with £8.76 in order to "adjust" for inflation (sometimes refered to as "beating inflation").

When £1 is equivalent to £8.76 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 1975 dollars, the chart below shows how £1 is worth less over 46 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:

Pound inflation: 1975-2021
YearPound ValueInflation Rate
1975£1.0024.24%
1976£1.1716.54%
1977£1.3515.85%
1978£1.468.30%
1979£1.6613.39%
1980£1.9617.99%
1981£2.1911.87%
1982£2.388.61%
1983£2.494.59%
1984£2.614.98%
1985£2.776.08%
1986£2.863.40%
1987£2.984.17%
1988£3.134.90%
1989£3.377.78%
1990£3.699.46%
1991£3.915.87%
1992£4.053.74%
1993£4.121.59%
1994£4.222.41%
1995£4.363.47%
1996£4.472.41%
1997£4.613.14%
1998£4.773.43%
1999£4.841.54%
2000£4.982.96%
2001£5.071.77%
2002£5.161.67%
2003£5.312.89%
2004£5.462.98%
2005£5.622.82%
2006£5.803.20%
2007£6.054.29%
2008£6.293.99%
2009£6.25-0.53%
2010£6.544.61%
2011£6.885.20%
2012£7.103.21%
2013£7.323.04%
2014£7.492.36%
2015£7.570.99%
2016£7.701.74%
2017£7.973.58%
2018£8.192.70%
2019£8.392.50%
2020£8.551.80%
2021£8.762.49%
2022£9.326.46%*
* Compared to previous annual rate. Not final. See inflation summary for latest 12-month trailing value.
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This conversion table shows various other 1975 amounts in 2021 pounds, based on the 775.81% change in prices:

Conversion: 1975 pounds in 2021
Initial valueEquivalent value
£1 pound in 1975£8.76 pounds in 2021
£5 pounds in 1975£43.79 pounds in 2021
£10 pounds in 1975£87.58 pounds in 2021
£50 pounds in 1975£437.90 pounds in 2021
£100 pounds in 1975£875.81 pounds in 2021
£500 pounds in 1975£4,379.04 pounds in 2021
£1,000 pounds in 1975£8,758.08 pounds in 2021
£5,000 pounds in 1975£43,790.39 pounds in 2021
£10,000 pounds in 1975£87,580.78 pounds in 2021
£50,000 pounds in 1975£437,903.90 pounds in 2021
£100,000 pounds in 1975£875,807.81 pounds in 2021
£500,000 pounds in 1975£4,379,039.04 pounds in 2021
£1,000,000 pounds in 1975£8,758,078.09 pounds in 2021

## How to calculate inflation rate for £1, 1975 to 2021

Our calculations use the following inflation rate formula to calculate the change in value between 1975 and 2021:

CPI in 2021 CPI in 1975
×
1975 GBP value
=
2021 GBP value

Then plug in historical CPI values. The U.K. CPI was 134.8 in the year 1975 and 1180.5889263884287 in 2021:

1180.5889263884287134.8
×
£1
=
£8.76

£1 in 1975 has the same "purchasing power" or "buying power" as £8.76 in 2021.

To get the total inflation rate for the 46 years between 1975 and 2021, we use the following formula:

CPI in 2021 - CPI in 1975CPI in 1975
×
100
=
Cumulative inflation rate (46 years)

Plugging in the values to this equation, we get:

1180.5889263884287 - 134.8134.8
×
100
=
776%

## 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 1975 → 2021 | UK Inflation Calculator.” Official Inflation Data, Alioth Finance, 18 Aug. 2022, https://www.officialdata.org/uk/inflation/1975?amount=1&endYear=2021.

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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.

 Cumulative price change 775.81% Average inflation rate 4.83% Converted amount (£1 base) £8.76 Price difference (£1 base) £7.76 CPI in 1975 134.800 CPI in 2021 1,180.589 Inflation in 1975 24.24% Inflation in 2021 2.49% £1 in 1975 £8.76 in 2021