Charitable status was 'stupid idea', says local social entrepreneur

Orchard Furniture and Recycling Service asks to be removed from Charity Commission register

A social entrepreneur is considering asking the Charity Commission to remove his organisation from its register, describing his decision to apply for charitable status as "stupid".

David Greenhouse registered the Orchard Furniture and Recycling Service, based in Bacup, Lancashire, in 2004, but has never submitted an annual return and has not submitted accounts since 2006.

The company has contracts with several local authorities, including Calderdale in West Yorkshire.

Greenhouse said his failure to submit the documents was partly due to his lack of enthusiasm for charity status. "I took the high moral ground when I registered, but I've been kicking myself ever since," he said. "When you are a charity you are never in a position to take out finance, and it can be quite crippling."

A commission spokeswoman said that if Orchard lost its charitable status it would be treated as having wound up and its assets would be distributed to other charities with similar objects. But Greenhouse said he had bought Orchard's trucks himself.

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