Trusting supermarkets to do the right thing | Brief letters

Voluntary price caps | Sardine crumble | Marmite on ice-cream | Expelled from Brownies | Delivering for the British people

What a brilliant idea by the government – asking supermarkets to implement a voluntary price cap on basic food items (Report, 28 May ). When this is successful, perhaps it could extend it, such as asking criminals to voluntarily turn themselves in, thus saving the police a lot of time and expense.
Phil Rhoden
Kidderminster, Worcestershire

• Re unusual taste combinations (Letters, 28 May ), on a holiday in Normandy a few years ago, a restaurant was offering sardine crumble – exactly the same crumble you’d put on apples, including sugar. To my surprise, I really enjoyed it.
Barbara Thompson

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The mind of the asylum seeker is like an engine – always turning, always trying to find ways to survive | Paul

It feels like the UK government hopes we will just give up and go home. But that would put my family’s life at risk

  • This article is part of the Heat or eat diaries : a series from the frontline of Britain’s cost of living emergency

Our baby is growing so fast, it’s incredible. People have given us clothing for him, but a lot doesn’t fit any more. We are trying to find clothes at the cheapest prices or sometimes in charity shops – although they don’t have so much for babies. He cries for milk every two hours, but formula is so expensive. Nappies are, too. Even though a jumbo pack of nappies is cheaper, it’s difficult to pay for on our budget. When we do invest in the bigger packets, we’ve got 76 nappies, each for two or three pence less than the regular-sized pack, but it means we can’t afford any meat that week. Still, by the next week, we have some nappies left at home and extra money for some chicken or ham.

The mind of the asylum seeker is like an engine, turning and turning, trying to solve different problems and always trying to survive. You start from zero and you have to build a new life in a totally different culture, with a different currency, different language, different products. You’re managing your legal case, your budget, your weekly shop. All the prices are rising and our allowance – £40 a week for my wife and I and £5 for our son – is like water in our hands.

As told to Anna Moore. Paul is in his 30s and is an asylum seeker living in the north of England. Names have been changed

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