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Possible future mayor defends €190K salary for SamuSocial boss

10:53 30/10/2013

Yvan Mayeur, head of the Brussels social aid agency CPAS, has defended the €192,000 salary paid to Pascale Peraita, director of SamuSocial, the non-profit set up to look after the city's homeless.

Last week it was revealed that financial inspectors sent in by public works minister Brigitte Grouwels had delivered a critical report on the organisation's finances, which also revealed the salary paid to Peraita. Mayeur, who was behind the creation of the non-profit in 1999 and who is tipped to be the next mayor of Brussels, rejected the criticism.

“Her salary is based on current salary levels for someone in a management function in the Brussels region,” he said, pointing out also that the sum includes about €46,000 of employers' social security contribution. That brings Peraita's real gross salary down to €146,000. SamuSocial receives about €2 million in subsidies from the Brussels region, as well as funding from the federal government.

Mayeur, who represents the French-speaking PS socialist party, said the attack on SamuSocial was a political manoeuvre. Peraita is also a PS socialist, and is rumoured to be Mayeur's chosen successor at the CPAS should he, as expected, take over from Brussels mayor Freddie Thielemans, perhaps as early as the end of this year.

SamuSocial, meanwhile, has been given one month to clarify a number of issues raised in the inspectors' report.

Written by Alan Hope

Comments

ulrixco

Right... So the gross salary we are talking about is now 'only' 146,000 ? Which amounts to about 4 times a decent salary for someone with a university degree in the public sector... Well done ! Vive le socialisme ! Solidarité d'abord, aussi entre les riches et puissants...

Oct 30, 2013 12:42
John_B

So 10% of the income is spent on one persons salary, sounds dodgy to me.

Oct 30, 2013 18:25
AK12

I cant believe people like this are never punished for their actions. I am currently living at SAMUSOCIAL and the conditions are unimanginable. I dont undertand why still has her job after these accusations have been proven to be true.

The Director of the CPAS should be ashamed for defending her! The people that you are supposed to help are the same people you are hurting!

Jan 15, 2014 23:31