It's a neat PR move at a time when the Libyan operation appears to have reached an impasse - and European and US support is waning for it. Air crews are also included as well as those on ships and submarines operating within 12 nautical miles of the LIbyan coast.
British troops in Afghanistan already receive the £29-per-day allowance. The change of heart will also be a morale boost for troops, many of whom must be wondering just how much support they are really getting given current NATO wobbles.
Costs riseMeanwhile the overall costs continue to rise. The most recent figures put the cost of the UK LIbyan campaign at £260m including weapons replenishment - considerably higher than predicted. And if the campaign drags into winter, then the cost may come closer to £1bn.
But it is still taxpayers' money, of course. Which is needed because we have now three open-ended wars going on simultaneously. With no end in sight to any of them. And that is very costly.