Fabrick Housing Group, in Middlesbrough, and Hartlepool's Vela Group unveil Thirteen Group plans

The Advertiser Series: Cath Purdy, left, with Alison Thain Cath Purdy, left, with Alison Thain

TWO North-East housing providers have revealed plans to merge.

Fabrick Housing Group, in Middlesbrough, and Vela Group, based in Hartlepool, will form the new Thirteen Group in April.

The two groups, which together own more than 32,000 homes, say the merger has been approved by the Homes and Communities Agency.

Bosses say Thirteen Group will have a turnover of about £140m a year, becoming the North-East's largest registered housing provider.

They added the move will see Fabrick and Vela's partner companies, Erimus Housing, Tees Valley Housing, Housing Hartlepool and Tristar Homes, remain as separate organisations, but becoming part of the larger group.

In the move, Alison Thain, Fabrick chief executive, will become chief executive designate of Thirteen Group, with Cath Purdy, Vela chief executive, taking on the role of chief operating officer designate.

Ms Thain said: “We are thrilled to announce we will become Thirteen Group, a name testament to the company’s vision of doing things differently and pioneering new ways to deliver homes and create sustainable communities.

“Joining forces gives us an exciting opportunity to build on Fabrick and Vela’s achievements by challenging and looking at things differently, to act with confidence and ambition for the benefit of the individual, the Tees Valley area and wider region.”

The changes also include plans to create Thirteen Care and Support, a housing support division bringing together the services of Tees Valley Housing and Norcare, the Tyneside-based charity part of Fabrick Housing Group.

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4:36pm Tue 25 Feb 14

m-t-s! says...

No mention of the 100+ redundancies that this merger is creating. Savings that will no doubt be swallowed up by the increased salaries of the Executive Management Team. I'm sure those losing their jobs would be interested to see the increase in salaries for Ms Thain, Mrs Purdy and the other top post holders, as would the tenants of the 32,000 social housing properties that this Group will control.
Noted that both Vela and Fabrick had their governance ratings downgraded from the top rating by the HCA (Social Housing Regulator) in the last fortnight.
The rich get richer.........
No mention of the 100+ redundancies that this merger is creating. Savings that will no doubt be swallowed up by the increased salaries of the Executive Management Team. I'm sure those losing their jobs would be interested to see the increase in salaries for Ms Thain, Mrs Purdy and the other top post holders, as would the tenants of the 32,000 social housing properties that this Group will control. Noted that both Vela and Fabrick had their governance ratings downgraded from the top rating by the HCA (Social Housing Regulator) in the last fortnight. The rich get richer......... m-t-s!
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3:43pm Mon 3 Mar 14

alf huckem says...

I have had 5 months of threats of violence , abuse lied to ignored by them , conned into letting vela into my home by deception supervisors pretending to be top management ,sanctions put on me , all for putting a complaint in to them , vela decided I needed to go all electric and decided to put a electric fire in my home , I cannot afford the cost to run electric fires so decided not to have it ,I was ordered by them to take it or leave it. I was told it was going to save vela the cost of servicing gas fires , a considerable amount of saving for them at the cost to the tenants.


I had a meeting with my mp james whorton hoping I could sort this issue out ,that was two weeks ago and have heard nothing since then ,all he said was he knew a director of the board of vela and would speak to that person .,
I tried my local councillor ian delgarno of thornaby independent association , he also said he was passing my concerns to vela directors ?.

I have contacted the housing ombudsman but because of a large backlog of housing complaints its going slowly ,

this company is abusing people who dare to put a complaint in about them and the tenants don't seem to have any rights at all ,how can this company that is earning millions of pounds from the tax payers get away with this abuse .,,.the worst thing our council did was give the housing stock to private companies .
I have had 5 months of threats of violence , abuse lied to ignored by them , conned into letting vela into my home by deception supervisors pretending to be top management ,sanctions put on me , all for putting a complaint in to them , vela decided I needed to go all electric and decided to put a electric fire in my home , I cannot afford the cost to run electric fires so decided not to have it ,I was ordered by them to take it or leave it. I was told it was going to save vela the cost of servicing gas fires , a considerable amount of saving for them at the cost to the tenants. I had a meeting with my mp james whorton hoping I could sort this issue out ,that was two weeks ago and have heard nothing since then ,all he said was he knew a director of the board of vela and would speak to that person ., I tried my local councillor ian delgarno of thornaby independent association , he also said he was passing my concerns to vela directors ?. I have contacted the housing ombudsman but because of a large backlog of housing complaints its going slowly , this company is abusing people who dare to put a complaint in about them and the tenants don't seem to have any rights at all ,how can this company that is earning millions of pounds from the tax payers get away with this abuse .,,.the worst thing our council did was give the housing stock to private companies . alf huckem
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