Ms Armstrong said: 'The 11 themes cover a broad range of issues and give councils, regardless of their size or location, even more opportunities to participate in the scheme and share in best practice.'
Up to 50 councils will be awarded beacon status in the 11 service areas selected for the third year of the scheme.
The extra themes:
-Adoption - new targets have been set to increase the adoption of children in care by up to 50%
-Community legal services - to allow councils to enforce legal rights effectively
-Crime reduction in rural areas - council, police and community partnerships to combat crime
-Enhancing access and mobility - planning policy to reduce the need to travel for some while improving mobility for others
-Fostering business growth - encouraging small and medium-sized businesses which play an important role in economic regeneration
-Improving urban green spaces - enhancing the quality of life through parks, play areas and open spaces
-Libraries as a community resource - develop the role of the library as a meeting place and access point for community services
-Neighbourhood renewal - tackling diverse issues including unemployment, ill-health and poor housing
-Promoting racial equality - to avoid discrimination and promote equal opportunities
-Tackling fuel poverty - affordable warmth strategies and work with the energy efficiency scheme
-Transition between key stages in schools - educational transition without loss of progression.