A disabled woman whose young children have to tie up her shoes has had her disability allowance slashed and her mobility vehicle taken away.

For the whole of her life 34-year-old Jodi Morley has lived with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita, a rare condition that causes bone joints to become bent or fixed, severely hampering movement.

"I suffer daily," the James Street, Epping resident said.

"I have help getting dressed and getting into the bath. I can barely walk. I can just walk round to the corner shop.

"By the time I get there I have a really bad back. I have to link arms with someone.

"It is stiffness in the bone joints. I cannot bend my leg joints. If I fall I can't get up by myself."

Despite the fact that her conditioning is worsening as she gets older, Mrs Morley was recently reassessed by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

The governmental body decided she should have her £500 monthly payment cut to £200 and her mobility vehicle taken away.

While the DWP did review Mrs Morley's case after The Guardian made contact, she will still be without the vehicle and £180 worse off a month.

She added: "I don't know how they came up with this because when I went to the DVLA they had to help me off the chair.

"I can't live without a mobility vehicle. They are saying I don't need that any more.

"I am having to rely on family members to take me places. They haven't given me any reason why."

While Mrs Morley plans on appealing her case, if it goes to tribunal she believes it could be a year before her mobility vehicle is returned.

The mum-of-three said: "I haven't got much of a life. I can't go on walks with my kids.

"My six-year-old has to put my shoes and socks on for me."

A DWP spokesman said they would "look at the mobility component again when Ms Morely sends us more information."

They added: “We want disabled people to get the full support they need and will always look at a decision again if someone disagrees.

“Following a review we have increased Ms Morely’s support. We’re sorry the right decision was not made in the first instance and are helping Ms Morely with her claim.”