Well folks you can have all the benefits we get as long as you have the disability as well!
George I think Phylymann was nearer the mark when you look what is written down. The criterion was wheelchair USER not adapted for wheelchairs.
HMCE has been tightening up over the last 2 years and this may well account for the various interpretations and word changes. They may well have changed yet again. The only thing one can do is ring up the help line and check.
A wheelchair user was defined as :
Anyone who has to use a wheelchair (electrically powered or otherwise) in order to be mobile.
A disabled person with a degenerative condition, such as multiple sclerosis, who does not need to use a wheelchair all the time, but only when the condition requires it, also qualifies as a wheelchair user.
A person who only occasionally uses a wheelchair such as:
when visiting a shopping centre or gardens; or
temporarily because he has a broken leg is not considered to normally use a wheelchair and is not eligible for the relief.
Generally I think you will find such people are on the higher rate mobility allowance but I would not be 100 percent certain about that and I would think even that is open to abuse.
Interesting what you say about VAT free maintenance and it makes me feel a little better about always forgetting to claim until too late.
I have never heard of this before and I am a regular visitor to a number of forums for the disabled, but like I say there has been considerable tightening up on the whole issue which was too open to abuse.