Thousands of people have been given disability benefits for back pain, a Freedom of Information request reveals. 

The MailOnline report:

Tens of thousands of people have been awarded disability benefits for back pain.

Others are claiming the cash for problems such as drug or alcohol abuse and asthma.

The Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is supposed to help those who have difficulty walking or washing and dressing.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.