The Brussels office of the non-profit association that provides assistance to homeless people, Samusocial, closed its 2016 accounts with a deficit of 1.55 million euros, including an 800,000-euro debt to the National Social Security Office, ONSS. This was reported on Monday by La Capitale newspaper, which also said the association’s debts have been increasing constantly since 2013. The newspaper based its information on an audit report by the Leboutte, Mouhib & Co. Office, which indicated in its conclusions that it had not detected any fraud or offences.
The Samusocial audit was completed on the 16th of December last. It found a “significant deficit” of 1.55 million euros which was, however, significantly less than the 2.2 million euros estimated by the secretariat of the Brussels public social service centre, CPAS, in a preparatory note for the audit.
The company auditor indicated that there was a loan guaranteed by the public authorities for settling the sum of 800,000 euros, but stressed that there was still “uncertainty regarding the association’s capacity to continue its activities” since there were no provisions for financing the accumulated deficit.
The audit noted further that there wasno provision for the payment of a separation allowance to former Samusocial director Pascale Peraïta, in keeping with a decision by the Board of Directors not to grant her that allowance.