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Clothes & shoes

From discounts, grants and schemes, there's plenty of ways to save and cut costs when it comes to sourcing new workwear or clothes and shoes.

If you need help paying for school uniforms

School uniforms can be expensive – especially if you have a few children at school. What’s more, clothes can become easily worn and need replacing quite frequently.

The good news is you could get up to £150 towards the cost of a new or replacement school uniform by applying through your local council’s website.

It’s also worth checking with your child/children’s school to see if they offer discounted uniforms. Parents with school leavers may be looking to sell or donate old uniforms – so it’s worth double-checking.

If you’ve got a job interview or need to maintain your work uniform

Suited & Booted works with Jobcentre Plus, the NHS, Crisis and London Probation to help those who are vulnerable, unemployed or on a low income into employment, by providing interview clothing and interview advice.

If you’re required to clean, repair or replace specialist clothing, such as a work uniform or scrubs, you may be entitled to claim tax relief on the costs. You can also claim additional tax relief if your employer doesn’t provide a laundering service.

If you have old clothes that you don’t wear anymore

You can sell your old clothes and shoes with no charges in some cases through websites such as Depop, Vinted and Facebook Marketplace.

You can also pick up some bargains using these websites too – a lot of the clothes/shoes have only been used once, so it’s worth seeing what’s out there.

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